Friends, I’m Monica Schroeder, and I am so excited to be writing this guest post for Minds in Bloom! The amazing Rachel Lynette has allowed me to share my Close Readings with QR Codes!
I am here to show you how my students have been using QR codes to practice their reading skills. Now, please know that we have been practicing our close reads all year in our guided reading groups, so my kiddos are pretty familiar with how they work.
The first thing I did to get them ready for the independent work in reading was to bring the QR codes to my regular listening center. I chose some books based on the season, and I read the books into a voice recorder on Vocaroo. It is simple and so easy to do! Honestly, you just click “Record” and begin reading. Once you are done, you hit “Stop” and choose “Save.” Then, I click the “QR Code Option,” and Vocaroo generates it for me! I have put together several seasonal book codes, and I have them in a pocket chart in my listening center. I also add the code to the front of the book.
This is my favorite scanner:
What is a close read anyway?
- Read the text slowly. Don’t be afraid to read it twice.
- Circle any unknown words.
- Underline any phrases that catch your attention.
- Highlight parts of speech or patterns that seem important.
- Make predictions.
- Make connections.
- Generate questions about the text.
- Reread and reflect.
I have to tell you that these babies are the key to my kiddos success! They even use them in math!
My name is Monica Schroeder, and I am a 2nd grade teacher in North Carolina. I am in my 14th year of teaching in grades K-2. I also am the founder of the Blogger page The Schroeder Page, Behind the Scenes in 2nd Grade, and my self-hosted site. Both are teacher resource sites that provide a glimpse into my classroom and my teaching. Or visit me on Facebook! Head to my tabs to download my Facebook Fan Freebies. I am always adding new ones! If you are needing more of my shenanigans, then you can find me on Pinterest and Instagram, too!