Saturday, May 11, 2013

Animal Research with QR Codes

My first graders were so engaged when we used QR codes to research Texas symbols, that I decided to make QR codes for researching about animals.  Our first grade curriculum designates about 7 days to study the main classification groups of animals:  mammals, birds, insects, fish, arachnids, reptiles, and amphibians.

We start the animal classification unit by sorting about 60 images of animals onto posters labeled with each classification group.  Then, we take one group per day and we learn about the characteristics of those animals, and take notes.  We then check our poster and decide if those animals have those characteristics and should stay on that poster, or if they need to moved to another group.

To facilitate research, we watch the Junior Zoologist streaming videos on Discovery Education.  We also read books from the library, and then used these QR codes.  We have 5 ipads in my classroom, so we split up into 3 research groups.  Each student chose their own animal that they wanted to learn more about.

This bright little girl is Mikayla.  She did her own research and learned about the arthropod group.  I hadn't made an arthropod QR code set, so she used the computer to find information about a centipede. 

To download these animal research QR codes we used, visit my TpT store by clicking HERE.

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