Thank you for considering this QR Code Video Listening Center for Journeys 2nd Grade Anchor Texts.
This file supports the use of the Journey’s reading series in your classroom. It contains QR codes that link to read aloud videos of all 30 second grade Journey’s Anchor Texts. All text is visible in the videos, so your students can follow along as they listen. All QR codes have been created using Safe Share, so your students do not see any advertisements or other undesirable content, nor can they click on YouTube; they just see and hear the story.
Stories Included in This Packet:
1. Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Suçie Stevenson
2. My Family written and photographed by George Ancona
3. Dogs by Jennifer Blizin Gillis
4. Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Harry Bliss
5. Teacher’s Pet by Dayle Ann Dodds, illustrated by Marylin Hafner
6. Animals Building Homes by Wendy Perkins
7. The Ugly Vegetables written and illustrated by Grace Lin
8. Super Storms by Seymour Simon
9. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
10. Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish by Twig C. George
11. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
12. Ah, Music! By Aliki
13. Schools Around the World by Margaret C. Hall
14. Helen Keller by Jane Sutcliffe, illustrated by Robert Papp
15. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
16. Mr. Tanen’s Tie Trouble by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
17. Luke Goes to Bat by Rachel Isadora
18. My Name Is Gabriela by Monica Brown , illustrated by John Parra
19. The Signmaker’s Assistant by Tedd Arnold
20. Dex: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner
21. Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham
22. Gloria, Who Might Be My Best Friend by Ann Cameron
23. The Goat in the Rug by Charles L. Blood & Martin Link, illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker
24. Half-Chicken by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by Kim Howard
25. From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
26. The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg
27. The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs by Shirley Raye Redmond, illustrated by Simon Sullivan
28. Yeh-Shen by Gina Sabella
29. Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong
30. Now & Ben by Gene Barretta
All you need is a smart device such as any tablet or smart phone (with a free QR code reader available at the App Store or Google Play) and headphones. Links to the videos can also be accessed on a computer by opening the PDF file and clicking the QR code for your desired story. Since some schools block certain sites, download the preview so you can see if you can access the videos on your school’s computers.
This resource supports Common Core ELA SL 2.2. The videos can be accessed by students individually, in small groups, or as a whole class. Post the QR codes on the wall or put them into a three-ring binder in your listening center. During silent reading time or when students finish their work early, they can easily open the QR code reader on their smart device, scan a QR code without having to type in a URL or ask for help, and the video automatically opens on their smart device. The QR codes take them directly to a story where they can enjoy the illustrations and follow along in the text while listening to the story being read to them. If you do the Daily Five, this can be incorporated into the schedule as “Listen to Reading.” It is also a great support for students with special needs. The QR codes can also be sent home with reluctant readers to increase the frequency and enjoyment of story time at home.
The videos have been created in high-definition. However, there is no way to have them automatically open in high-definition. When you start using these QR codes, you may want to show your students how to adjust the quality of the video they are watching by clicking on the “settings” icon on the bottom of the screen, then “quality,” then adjust the quality to 720p or 1080p.
I suggest printing on card stock and laminating for durability. You can print full-size or 2 or 4 per page to save paper or space.