We have had a great time during the last few weeks working on a variety of projects. One of them has been a mini-unit about bats. We watched a movie about the flying fox bat that I found on the National Geographic kids channel. We also read a few books about bats to find out about all the different kinds of bats. We made a little poem by filling in the blanks with our favourite bats. Then we made our bat covers!
I created a QR code to attach to the project! When the students scan the code using the iPads the video we watched about the flying foxes comes up. The urrl for the video is attached to the QR code. I use a QR code generator that I found online to attach the urrl to a code which is generated and I then print off!
The children have been asking me to add QR codes to everything now!
I couldn’t get a good picture of the QR code in action because it linked to the video too fast! Good WIFI!
We use an app called Scan to view the QR codes! If you have Scan or a QR code reader on your idevice you can view the video we watched too! Have fun!
We have been having fun with a new to us app called Hungry Fish by Motion Math! It is a great little app that lets the students practice their addition facts.
We have the free version loaded on our iPads at school which only has the addition operations displayed.
If you want you can download the paid version to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations.
The object of the app is to join bubbles with addends that make the total!.
You can add more than two or more bubbles together to make the sum!
We have also been having fun using the shortcut QR code that I created for our class website. The children can use the Scan app and hold the iPad over the code and it takes them right to our class website. I have them scattered all around the classroom so the children can access them easily!
That is a lot easier than trying to type in the urrl! QR codes are fun!
We have started our unit on Penguins!
We have penguins everywhere!
Over the last few weeks we have watched the penguins on the live webcam at the Vancouver Aquarium. Very cool! The penguins here are watching their keeper clean up their enclosure. He even reached down to pet one of the little penguins. Very cute! You can find the link to the webcam here.
We also watched bit of the webcam from Seaworld in Orlando. You can find the link for this webcam here. These guys are really noisy!
We read some non-fiction books about penguins! We learned a lot of interesting facts. Did you know that penguins like to surf?
Then we did a penguin research report. First, we read the facts and decided which category would be the best for each fact. Our four categories were: What They Look Like, What They Eat, About the Babies, and Cool Facts! Then we coded the facts with the beginning letter for each category and the children glued the facts to the corresponding page.
We turned our report into a penguin!
We have also created a QR code for the Vancouver Aquarium webcam that we have attached to our penguin reports.
If you have a QR code reader on your phone come on in and try it out! It’s a lot of fun!
It seems a bit like magic to point the iPad at a little box and have penguins appear! Too much fun!