Thank you for considering this QR Code Video Listening Center for Journeys 3rd 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 third 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.
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 3.2. 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.