Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Middle School Giveaway!


Middle School Giveaway

5,6,7,8...Who do we appreciate?  YOU! 

Krystal from Lessons From The Middle and I have teamed up to create this giveaway just for middle school teachers.  Let's face it, middle school teachers are sometimes overlooked.  Well, this giveaway is just for you!  

There are over $150 in middle school teaching resources up for grabs here and they are grouped by subject so that you can win the prize package that will be most helpful to you in your classroom.  

So let's get started...

Middle School Giveaway 
Middle School Giveaway
Middle School Giveaway
Middle School Giveaway
Middle School Giveaway

Thanks so much for joining us for this Give Thanks Middle School Giveaway...Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

QR Codes For Middle School

Locker Clipart created by The 3am Teacher 
Forgive me if I'm starting out too basic here, but this is for my non-techie colleagues who are exciting to try something new but don't have a clue where to begin.  (You know who you are...Ann!)  However...If you are a seasoned QR code user, scroll down a bit for some simple strategies to use in your classroom.

How do I create a QR Code?

Click the image below for a simple tutorial for creating QR codes to use in your classroom:

QR Generation links to explore: 

What apps are needed to scan a QR code?

There are many choices for QR scanning apps.  You will need to choose one that works with the devices your students will be using (ipads/phones).  Here are a few of the more popular ones to consider:

QR Reader for iphone
QR Reader from Kaywa
Qrafter- QR Code reader and generator (iphone and ipad)
Quick Mark (for desktop PC)

Okay...I know how to create and scan them, NOW what?

QR codes are fun because they make simple tasks interactive.   Here are some ways to get started using them right away in your classroom:

Science Labs:  Ever feel like your students rush through a lab procedure, omitting important steps?  Turn each lab step into a QR code.  Scanning each step will force your kids to slow down and process the main idea.

Study tools:  

  • Pass out QR codes at the end of a lesson for students to include in their notes.  (Print them on labels to save time!)  Students can visit the QR code for homework to view a short video, visit a website or access an important document from home.  Did someway say flipped classroom?
  • Do you teach in a classroom with ipads?  Create short tutorials using the SHOW ME app on the ipad and then have kids glue them into their notebooks.  This would be awesome for math!
  • Review Question Hunt: Put problems as QR codes in numbered Easter eggs or other small containers hidden around the classroom or outdoor area.  Kids can complete the problem and then scan the answer key (posted on the wall of the classroom) to see if they are correct.
  • My students are always asking for "review sheets" when a big test is looming.  How about creating an interactive review using QR codes?  Here is one I made for Ecology and Energy in an Ecosystem:  (Feel free to use it in your classroom)

Self-checking answers:  This one is so easy to do and encourages independence!  You can take any existing worksheet or task card set and turn the answers into QR codes for self-checking.  

Bell work or Question of the Day:
Post a question or task as a QR code projected on your board to immediately engage students when they walk into the room.

Learning Centers:  Post a QR code that will link students to the directions for a learning center.  Students can scan to find out the required tasks at a learning station.  If you are using ipads, include QR codes to videos and interactive websites as well!

Absent Work: Did we do anything when I was absent?  Don't you just love that question.  Use QR codes on a calendar to help students keep pace with your class when they are out.  If you post notes or activities on your website, use the QR code to direct them to the specific materials they missed.

Bulletin Boards:  Encourage interaction with your bulletin boards by posting QR codes that link students to more in depth information!

Posting important information outside your classroom door:  You can do this for events, clubs or your teacher contact information.  (Generate a ME CARD at
Create a digital business card for free at!

I'll stop here, but I could go ON and ON!  QR codes have so many possible uses in our classrooms.

Do you have a clever way to use them in your class?  Please share! 
I love comments and new followers :)

Happy Teaching...

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall For a Good Book Freebie for the I'm SO Thankful Blog Hop!

Tis the season for gratitude, which is a the theme of today's exciting blog hop and giveaway.  There are so many awesome freebies to be gathered and some pretty fantastic blogs to discover.


We are celebrating all that we are thankful for and that includes teachers!  We want to show all of you how much we appreciate you.  Teachers do so much and this is our time to give back and say thank you!  Thank you for following!  Thank you for participating!  Thank you for collaborating!  Thank you for sharing!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Looking for some fantastic fall resources for your classroom and some superb teacher-bloggers to follow?  Well...Here you go! 

How it works:
Join us by hopping through each blog and gathering lots of Thanksgiving and autumn freebies.  In each freebie you will find a picture of a pie with a word on it. That word will tell you something that teacher is thankful for.  Record all of the words on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

You may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go here.  This is also where you will go in the end, for the giveaway!!

You have made it to blog stop number 20!

I'm so glad that you have stopped by Kate's Classroom Cafe on your turkey trot from blog to blog!  Today I'm giving away one of my favorite reading lessons for grade 6 "Fall for a Good Book."  I use this lesson when helping my reading class make "just right" book choices for independent reading during reading workshop.  The purpose of the lesson is to encourage students to test drive a book before deciding whether or not it is a good choice for them.  I hope you find it useful for your classroom!

Click the image below to download your freebie as part of the blog hop.  
  (Please note, this is a limited time giveaway.  The link to this document will expire after this blog hop is over!)

Now hop over to the next stop on your journey:

Thanks for visiting and happy teaching...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Astronomy Flip Card Flash Freebie! Grab it before it is gone!

I'm so excited to post my new Flip Card set for Astronomy....(I think it is pretty FLIPPING awesome!)  There are so many terms to learn in science class and students are often not sure HOW to study.  Kids love these cards because they are self-checking which allows them to study independently!

Since this is a new product, they are posted for FREE for 24 Hours Only! 

Click the picture below to grab this limited time freebie!  It is always nice to get some feedback when posting a new product so if you download it PLEASE remember to leave feedback!

Happy Teaching!


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