Monday, July 29, 2013

QR Codes and A Manic Monday Made It

Hello!  I have been busy making things, trainings and getting ready for school.  I have 2 weeks until I go back to work (or should I say getting paid to work!)  My ADHD has me all over the place.  I start something, have another idea and go off on that tangent.  I have so many projects started and not finished.  My goal today and tomorrow is to finish things!  I will try really hard not to start something else but, we will see....

All summer I have been meaning to join in the linky fun with Made It Monday!

I finally finished a project and thought I would share!  I turned these empty Pringles cans into my sharp and need to be sharpened pencil cups.  I have seen similar cups made with paper.  However, why use paper when you can use duck tape!
First, use yellow duck tape to cover the can.  I overlapped it to give it more of a pencil look.
Next, I took the pink duck tape and covered the bottom of the container.
 Then, I added the silver duck tape.  (My girls were amazed their dad silver duck tape!)  Then I added the pink for the eraser at the very bottom.
 Now for the pencil tip I used masking tape.  Folding it, I made it into a triangle and then taped it inside the pencil container.  I used black sharpie to add the lead. 
Of course the Pringles can is taller than pencils and falls over easily.  I filled the cans 1/3 of the way with dried beans.  This weighted them down a little and makes it easy to get the pencils out.  These were so easy and turned out super cute.  I am making another set for my daughter's teacher too!

I am excited to share a new idea and project with you that I actually started and finished yesterday! 

This year I am taking our hunt around school for the Gingerbread Man digital!  Not only will this make exploring the school fun, it will also teach the students how to scan and use the codes.  I plan to use QR codes quite a bit this year in class.

The activity includes a rhyming story I wrote to share with the class about the Gingerbread Man coming on a secret mission to visit our class with the Fox hot on his tail!  He is running around school looking for us and will leave clues as he goes.  He doesn't want the Fox to be able to read them, so he will use QR codes.

I will post the Gingerbread Man QR codes all around the school.  For added fun, I will make them a little hard to find. 
We will use and iPad or iPod to scan the codes.  (I haven't decided if I am going to do this whole group or with our buddy class.)  When they scan the code the clue will pop up.  It looks like this.
Would you like to take your Gingerbread Man digital this year?  Good news, I have done all the work for you!  You can purchase this activity at my TpT store.  Just download, print and scan to find the Gingerbread Man!

Now for a Manic Monday Freebie too!  I always start my year off with "all about me".  Here is a template for students to use as they draw their self-portrait.  (Don't forget to save them for their end of the year memory books!)  Click here to grab it free.

Looking for more freebies?  Check out Classroom Freebies for More Manic Monday Freebies!

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  1. Hi Teresa- Those pencil cans are adorable! Thanks for the self-portrait page :) I'm sharing a freebie today as well- check it out!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  2. Teresa,
    Love the self-portrait. Can't wait to use it with my 3rd graders!!

  3. I am amazed at your pencil cans... how creative, yet simple (those are the kind of crafts I like). Your post with how you are introducing your students to QR codes couldn't have come at a better time! I just had a conversation with a coworker on how we can use QR codes in the classroom. I always read "The Gingerbread Man Loose in School" during the first week of school, and this will go perfectly with this!

    I am your newest fan follower!

    Seconds at the Beach

  4. Hi Teresa- the self portrait seems to be linked to your Gingerbread Man Unit... I'm having trouble dowloading it; is it just me? Thanks for checking :)

  5. What a great idea for QR codes!

  6. I will fix the link when I get home. Sorry

  7. I just fixed the link for the free self-portrait download. Enjoy!

  8. Oh my goodness - how adorable!! I love your sharp and dull cans; precious idea. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher


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