Using QR Codes to Build a Classroom Library

We know that children of all ages not only enjoy being read to but NEED to be read to.  Because of this, teachers at my school carefully construct our literacy blocks to maximize the amount of time spent in shared reading and writing experiences throughout the day.
In addition to participating in whole-group shared reading lessons, students need to work independently toward personal literacy goals. One way that we differentiate instruction and guide students toward meeting their goals is through the use of listening centers. Listening centers create a more versatile and enriching experience by allowing students to choose a book of interest and listen to the recorded narration as they follow along in the text.
The benefits of audiobooks in the classroom are appreciated by all teachers; however, purchasing compact discs or cassettes with paired texts is expensive. Online subscriptions to reading websites are also pricey and don’t allow students to hold a physical text in their hands, a necessity for emergent readers developing their vocabulary and concepts of print. Additionally, providing an assortment of high-quality audiobooks that will engage a wide range of student abilities and interests is nearly impossible.
One solution to this problem lies in the versatility of the Quick Response (QR) code. Using audio QR codes creatively can open a gateway in your classroom to a remarkably targeted level of instruction.
Audio QR codes can make books speak to your students. All you need to do is record yourself (or someone else) reading a book, link the audio file to a QR code, and attach the code to the book cover, and you’ve created an instant audiobook. No more pricey CDs and paired texts. No more expensive subscriptions to reading websites. Using only your smartphone and computer, you can transform every book in your classroom library into an audiobook. It is so simple and yet so powerful.
Check out my best selling QR Code Listening Centers  Your students will love listening to their favorite book!  They will also be so excited as each month you introduce new stories for them to explore!

Getting Your Classroom NGSS Ready

Is your classroom NGSS ready? As primary teachers, you know the importance of building the foundations with your young students during the year to support their futures as students, lifelong learners, and informed citizens. A critical component of these educational foundations is science! But, where do you start?
There are many questions to consider as you plan for a successful year of science learning. What initial steps will you take with NGSS? 
As I head into the new school year, I wanted to focus on making my classroom NGSS ready.  I started with a very basic focus wall that included the standard being studied, key vocabulary, essential question and "I can" statement. This way, anyone who walks into my classroom will know what we are currently focusing on.  Check out my 4th grade poster set for an idea of what should be on your focus wall!
I also created a space in the room that houses my new and improved science centers, science materials, exploration materials and science books.
I can't wait for my students to dive into these new standards!

Earth Day QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22.  Get your students thinking about how they can reduce their footprint by reusing and recycling through my Earth Day QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers.  This center is packed full of books that get students thinking about how they can help the Earth. It's also on sale this week!

Spring into April with QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers!

April is just around the corner; get your daily 5 listen to reading center ready with my April QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers!

Keep your students engaged all month long with these QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers!

In this pack I have included:
-26 stories perfect for April
-2 listening response sheets (that can be used with any of the stories)
-A listening center sign (to post at your listening center)

Read Across America Day: Celebrate Dr. Seuss and Reading!

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too by incorporating my Dr. Seuss QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers into your classroom.  Here is a list of the included books and a link to my TPT page to purchase this resource.

Fox in Sox
Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Oh The Places You’ll Go
Green Eggs and Ham
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
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Horton Hears a Who

On Beyond Zebra
The Tooth Book
Hop On Pop
Happy Birthday to You
The Sneetches
And To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Horton Hatches the Egg
Sleep Book
If I Ran the Zoo
Yertle the Turtle
The Foot Book
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
If I Ran the Circus
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
Amazing Alphabet Book
What Pet Should I Get
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
The Butter Battle Book
Wacky Wednesday
Cat in the Hat

March QR Code Read Aloud Listening Centers

The perfect listening center for March with 24 stories total!

Download and print a sheet of QR codes for your classroom listening library! Students simply scan the codes with any QR App to watch books read aloud. All QR codes are links to YouTube videos via the website SafeShare.TV. The site enables your students to not see any adds on the sides of the video. 

QR Codes are an excellent way to enhance your Daily 5, literacy station and reading centers. This set of QR Codes is packed full of classic March themed books that your students are sure to love. They are excellent for special needs students, use as a reward for students who complete work or show improvements or just as part of your daily literacy center.

Also included are two worksheets for students to complete once they have finished a story. One worksheet focuses on story elements and the other is about story sequence.

You can cut the large codes apart and put them on a ring for easy access.

The Luckiest Leprechaun
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That's What Leprechauns Do
The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
Jamie O' Rourke and the Big Potato
There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Clover:
Clever Tom and The Leprechaun
Mr. Gloomingdale's Downpour
The Rainbow Fish
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
A Book of Seasons
Just a Little Luck
One Lucky Duck
My Lucky Day
In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb
Rosie’s Rainbow
The Day the Crayons Came Home
Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain?
The Rain Came Down
James and the Rain
The Rainy Day
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree
Pizza Pie Alli
Count With Me


Wizer is an excellent web tool that enables you to create engaging worksheets to share with your students. Wizer’s digital worksheet builder allows you to create as many worksheets as you want. You can include a wide variety of multimedia materials to your sheets such as videos, audio clips, images and different question types. And when you are done designing your worksheet you can then share it with students through Google Classroom.

Wizer’s automatic grading and checking features facilitate your grading process and helps you provide individualized and personal feedback. If you use a grade book, you can easily download students’ answers in csv file. Additionally, Wizer worksheets are a great way to check in and get a quick picture of where students are in their learning process.

Wizer is also is a wonderful tool for dual immersion classrooms. Any worksheet can easily be duplicated by another teacher and translated to the other classroom language, allowing an identical learning experience in both languages. Wizer’s audio recording feature can be used to easily add voice recordings in either language to help understanding and listening comprehension.

Wider is free for teachers and works across different devices and platforms. Check out these tutorial videos to learn more about this engaging tool.

Making the Daily 5 Digital

Making the Daily 5 Digital
Are you using the Daily 5 in your classroom?  Do you have Chromebooks or Tablets in your classroom?  If you answered yes to both then you are ready to make the Daily 5 digital!  Here are some websites and apps that pique student interest and engagement as they complete their Daily 5 work.  These tech components are easy to infuse into what you are already doing.

Read to Self:

  • Newsela
  • Wonderopolis
  • Flunecy Tutor

Listen to Reading:

Work on Writing:
  • Try using Google Slides - this allows students to edit without losing papers and you can follow their entire writing process, make comments and provide feedback along the way

    Word Work:
    • ABCya
    • Grammar Ninja
    • Spelling City

      YouTube = Learning at Your Fingertips!

      There are so many ways to learn with YouTube channels for teachers and students! When you want to learn something new these days, most of us head over to YouTube. You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs. For students, YouTube is often their first stop when learning a new skill. Did you know you can also get notifications when new videos have been added by your favorite channels? Or that you can use YouTube as a curation tool to create playlists for your students?
      Here are some great YouTube channels you might want to use with your class:
      Hip Hughes
      HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. 
      Beat Master Matt
      Mr. Beat is a teacher who makes educational videos about social studies and attempts to incorporate music into almost every lesson he creates. He has written songs about all of the Presidents and has created music videos for all of them

      A collection of mathematics education videos related to Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, and AP Statistics and full lessons that include multiple examples to help students understand math and complete your homework

      MrBettsClass provides education and humor on all topics social studies related and aims to tell that story in the most engaging way

      Tom Richey
      Online history lectures for AP US History and AP European History

      Paul Anderson
      Paul Andersen teaches science and specializes in Next Generation Science Standards, educational technology, and the flipped classroom

      Big Think
      This fantastic channel encourages students to expand their horizons and their ambitions by featuring videos of some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators on a wide and diverse range of topics.

      Khan Academy
      A go-to resource for teachers of almost any subject, Khan Academy features hundreds of videos on a massive variety of academic topics, organised helpfully by subject. It’s a great resource for teachers experimenting with the flipped classroom

      Virtual Field Trips


      Have you ever taken your students on a virtual field trip? If not, you're missing a great opportunity. You can take your students outside the classroom without ever opening the door. Like regular field trips, virtual field trips are designed to be entertaining and educational.

      Virtual field trips tailored to every grade level are springing up all over the Internet. Trips range from the simple, such as a photo tour of a famous museum, to extremely detailed and high-tech field trips that offer video and audio segments to make the visit more interactive.

      On a virtual field trip, you and your students can go just about anywhere on Earth!  For a trip to another galaxy, check out The Nine Planets.   An engineer who has a great love of the solar system put this site together. The star buffs in your classroom will love it, too.
      Panoramas of the World offers online viewers super high definition interactive images of hundreds of interesting and important places in the world, including the world’s great cities, underwater locations, mountaintops, and other famous landscapes.

      Here are some additional virtual field trips:
      Virtual Field Trips