Friday, January 22, 2016

ABCs and QR Codes

I found that when school started back up after the holidays, my primary ESOL students had forgotten a lot of their English alphabet. Going a long period of time without daily review is the reason for this , so I had to come up with a fun and creative way for my kiddos to practice their ABCs. Today I'm sharing two activities that I made to get my students up to speed with letter recognition.

Each activity is great as a center activity, in which students work together either in pairs or small groups, or individually. 

NOTE: To complete these activities, you will need a hand held device, such as a smartphone or tablet. You will also need a QR Reader app, which you can get for FREE from your smartphone's app store. 

I was also pleasantly surprised that QR codes also work using android's Optical Reader app, which comes preloaded on some Samsung Galaxy smartphones. 

1. The first activity that my students enjoy is called Alphabet Snowman QR Codes.

 Alphabet Snowman QR Codes

These large cards allow students to work together in pairs or a small group of no more than four. 

First, copy, laminate, and cut the cards apart. There is one card for each letter of the alphabet. Next, students divide the snowman cards among themselves.

Then, when students click on the snowman QR code card, they will be pointed to a web address, which when clicked will show them an image of the snowman with a letter for students to identify. Students take turns identifying the letters on their cards and verifying each other's responses.

2. The next activity is called QR Codes Snowman Letters. You can download this file here.

Students can work on this activity individually or with a partner. Make two copies of the numbered QR Code grid. I made one white copy and one pink copy and then laminated them. Next, cut the colored copy on the grid lines into QR code squares.

Next, put the colored QR squares in a pile (or shallow container). Students will then choose a colored QR square and scan the QR code. This will provide a web address to click on, where students will see a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. 

After partners verify the response, students place the pink numbered QR square on the corresponding numbered QR code square on the white grid. Partners repeat the process until all 26 squares on the white grid are covered. (Note: The numbers on the grid correspond to the letters of the alphabet, i.e. a-1; b-2, c-3, etc.).

These two centers provide lots of interaction and fun for students needing more practice learning the letters of the alphabet, for working individually, or with a partner. They would also provide ideal RTI support.

How do you combine using QR Codes with learning/practicing the alphabet in your classroom?

Graphics: EduKate&Inspire and Creative Clips  Font: KGFonts

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Alphabet Maze {FREEBIE}

It's January now and we are well into the swing of things again at school. I've learned over the years, however, that the kiddos are not always quite ready for the quick transition to new content right away. A quick little review is a must-do for my primary ESOL students during this time of year.

For example, it was the first day back at school, and as always, I gather my ESOL students around me for some greeting and review time. Following my, "Hello, _________. How are you?" And their, "Hello, Mrs. Ross. How are you?", we review the alphabet chart. "A, /a/, apple, B, /b/ bear," and so on we chant. To my disappointment As expected, some of my students just couldn't remember their alphabet from A to Z all the way. Phooey! So I needed a quick and fun review.

This Alphabet Maze FREEBIE that I made was a fun and quick way to review letter identification with my kiddos. To complete this page, students needed to find and color the correct ABC path from A to Z. Once they got started, they discovered that there were often more than one path to follow to the next letter. To give them a little challenge, students needed to find the correct path to the letter Z.

After students found the correct A to Z path, I also had them draw the path, and then say the ABCs. 

My students loved this little review activity. It was a nice way to start the new year. 

What are some ways you review with your kiddos after the holiday break?