Life Cycle Review using QR Codes

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Objective

Use multimedia and print resources to explain life cycles by drawing and identyfying varying lifecycles using the Educreations app

Big Idea

All organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Introduction

1 minutes

Warm up

5 minutes

Instead of reviewing in the traditional way, I decided to create a QR code web quest. The students love anything that has to do with technology, especially on the i-pad. They were instantly engaged and excited. They worked collaboratively in groups of three, that is why each review has three QR codes, they each get a chance to manipulate the i-pad during the quest.

Guided practice

15 minutes

Creating a QR code is extremely easy, I used a free site, www.qrstuff.com, it is self explanatory and I believe that even a novice can maneuver it with ease. I created a PowerPoint, QR Code Review for this lesson because it helped all of my students to process the steps of what we were doing with minimal interruptions.

Explore

30 minutes

My students loved this lesson. Using the Educreations app gave them a purpose. While working collaboratively, they gathered all of the information, processed it with the help of the QR review pages. The research pages; Life Cycle of an Atlantic Salmon QR QuestLife Cycle of a Chicken QR QuestLife Cycle of a Grasshopper QR QuestLife Cycle of a Butterfly QR QuestLife cycle of a Frog QR quest, are all at differing degrees of rigor, or difficulty. The life cycle of the salmon, and grasshopper being among the most difficult and the butterfly being the easiest. This allowed me to differentiate with ease. The app I used for reading the QR Codes was i-nigma, but I've included a list of  some other free  QR code readers.

Class Discussion/Wrap Up

10 minutes

I used this lesson as a review, however, this lesson could very well have been used as an introduction to animal life cycles. You could use just one page, or all of them!  Using this app allowed my students to be creative, while showcasing what they had learned in a way that helped them teach each other. I know that I will be planning on doing this lesson again next year.