Learning Apps

QR Code Breakers Game

QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

This collaborative strategy is simple but effective. Students roam the room finding new questions to answer together, and scan the code with an iPad to check their work. Then, they put all the answers together to unlock a secret code. The use of QR codes in class has greatly improved the effectiveness of student work because of their ability to stop and check their answers. Their enthusiasm for this activity is clear, and making it into a competition of sorts makes it all the more fun.  I utilize the QR codes in everything from directions to links to activities. Still, my favorite use is monitoring groups during QR code breakers. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a standard QR Code Breaker activity, complete with the questions, and the secret code, all on one sheet. This is for those times that you do not want to post the questions around the room.
Student Handout
 
 
This is a version of the QR Code Breaker activity, where students must match the QR Code answer to word problems around the room. The numbers are arranged in a "code" that spells out a secret sentence or word.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a standard QR Code Breaker activity, complete with the questions, and the secret code, all on one sheet. This is for those times that you do not want to post the questions around the room.
Student Handout
 
 
This is a version of the QR Code Breaker activity, where students must match the QR Code answer to word problems around the room. The numbers are arranged in a "code" that spells out a secret sentence or word.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Mastery Tracker Goal Setting
QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

The mastery tracker displays individual progress towards all 5th grade math goals. In order to ensure that all students work towards the standards that we are held accountable to (regardless of pacing), we track progress and celebrate our achievements. This also allows for easy grouping for small group instruction as well as planning for future reteaches. Students can demonstrate mastery through our formative and summative assessments, knowing that the practice they work on between assessments helps them achieve such mastery.

 
Collaborative Student Groups
Student-Led Homework Review
QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

Student-Led Homework Review is a form of differentiation, where students with the same level of homework collaborate and review their homework assignment from the prior night. Since it would take too long to have teacher-led reviews for each group, we have students share their answers and help each other figure out the correct answers with their peers. Though I sometimes give them answer keys, I push students to discuss problems and figure out the correct solutions through their reasoning skills. This process encourages collaboration and accuracy in students' homework practice.

 
Routines and Procedures
Rotation Expectations
QR Codes power a classroom game to inspire collaborative problem solving

Before my students begin our system of rotations at the beginning of the year, I take time to make it very clear where they will go, what they will do, and what materials they will need. I also make sure to do frequent checks for understanding. Dedicating extra time to review Rotation Expectations at the beginning of the year helps to ensure that rotations will run smoothly throughout the year. Class tutors are also selected for each rotation. They walk around to support their peers who need help and even help to manage class behavior. Class tutors are given an iPad with access to our ClassDojo site, where they award "positive points" to students following expectations and "needs improvement points" to those who are not following expectations. Through explaining my expectations and leveraging the class tutor to reinforce these expectations, I ensure that my students are giving their best efforts during our rotations.

 
 
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