QR Code Breaking & A Freebie

24 June 2014
Today’s post is brought to you by the letters Q and R.

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite tools, QR Codes (again).  I can't help it, I just like them, they're so cute with their square edging and Tetris-like qualities.  

“I’m pretty familiar with them,” you think rolling your eyes at me and noticing a quick response code on your McDonald's cup while perusing through the latest issue of Highlights and Ranger Rick.  

And I totally get that—but I figured I’d show you how I use them in my class and around school.  There’s a lot of different ways QR codes can be integrated into daily learning and I thought I’d share some of those.  Plus, I’ve got a brand new freebie for you to grab hold of and try with students, yourself, your kids, or your dog (if it has the brain capacity to do so).

Did you know: Creating QR Codes is free and simple.
These are three sites that I always use.
Did you know:  QR Codes can be linked to multiple outlets 
  • Text (which you can write yourself), 
  • URLs (which can be videos, images, websites, and more).
  • Email address
  • Locations
  • Calendars
  • WiFi networks
  • Messaging
One of the cooler elements of QR Coding is teaching my students how to become a QR Code Breaker.  Basically, I'm teaching the kids how they work and how they'll use them in the classroom.  It's easy and fast and they pick it up faster than teachers.  In my class we use QR Codes to read books.  

You gotta remember, a lot of my students are struggling readers and independent reading time isn't always fun because they can't read.  Well, I've changed that because I'll find books that are read aloud on the web and turn it into a QR code for them.  Suddenly these kids are reading and enjoying all the books that were originally too difficult (and now we're fostering a greater interest in reading and making kids excited).  Engagement is always the key.

So I've got a little freebie for you today.  I'm sharing QR Code Breaker: Scan, Read, and Answer.  These are worksheets with built in QR Codes on each sheet that will take students directly to a book.  Students can then listen/read and answer the questions that correlate on each page.  I like to call this active reading.  There's multiple routes students can take to finish the worksheets, and even a couple of levels based on the rigor your looking for.

***These are for every kid.  Not just struggling readers***
This will work for all students and all reading levels.

Here's a glimpse of how each worksheet will be set up.

TL;DR Edition:  QR Codes are cool.  Here is a freebie for you to try out.



  1. AWESOME! Just dropped this to my desktop so I can get it ready for the new year. This is going to be another fabulous addition to my class. Did I tell you I broke my thumb drive....with all my files? I need a better system. I know I could use Dropbox and Drive, but I'm scared I'll lose that too. I need something more dependable and graceful than that walking banana! Lol! P.S. Went to two baseball games this past weekend Red Sox vs. A's. Of course we left right before Ortiz hit a homerun. Just my luck!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I love me some QR codes!! I do not use any of the QR code creators you do - wonder what the difference is between the sites. Have you upgrades to get colour or shape codes?? Thanks for the freebie : )

  3. I have to admit, I know little about QR codes. I love this freebie though! I can use it with my groups too!


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