Looking for a way to utilize technology such as IPads, cell phones, or tablets into your classroom? This activity is just the lesson for you. This activity allows the students to be self reliant and discover/review the concept of author’s purpose. Author’s purpose is an important stem of the common core curriculum, making mastery for our students very important. In this activity there are 10 different text examples of author’s purpose. Students must use their devices to scan the codes and then identify the author’s purpose, and deepen their thinking by explaining their answer. This activity is very engaging because students get to use their own technology in the classroom in a fun and enriching way.
• Printed of QR codes cut into the 10 different examples
• Devices such as cell phones and tablets that have a QR scanner program. (You can download these for free so there is no cost to the student or school.)
• A printed activity sheet (front and back) for each student, or student pairs.
1. I hide the QR codes around the room so that students can have a “scavenger hunt” which adds even more engagement to the activity. You obviously can just place them at different stations around the room if you would rather make this activity a little faster.
2. Students work alone or in pairs to identify and explain their answers.
3. Teachers can go over the answers and listen to students explain their answers for formative assessment of students who may need some extra review for the next day.
4. I have a contest in my classroom with two awards. One award is for the pair with the most correct answers in the author purpose section. The other award is for the best explanations to go along with the answers. These students usually get to pick from a candy chest.
5. My students love this activity and beg for more QR code challenges.