One of our favorite and most recommend language arts technology tools is Newsela. Newsela takes a current event article and transposes it into four different Lexile levels. Which means that a student can read the article at his/her own reading level and still be able to talk about the article with the whole classroom.
What we have noticed in the classroom is that the teacher assigns the article, the students read the article and then the teacher looks at the data from the online assessments. The teacher can then use the data to teach a mini lesson on the concepts that the students might not understand. For example, main idea, sequence of events, vocabulary words...
After hearing that the teachers are having a hard time engaging conversation with the students about the Newsela articles, we have developed a Newsela Scavenger Hunt that will go along with an article. Our example is used with the article about Bao Bao a US Panda Bear Bond for China
Watch and Learn
Watch the video on the main idea of the scavenger hunt. Stop the video to scan the different QR Codes
Step by Step Explanation of the Scavenger Hunt
Print out all of the attached documents and QR Codes found at the bottom of this blog post.
Can QR Codes work with Chromebooks?
Yes, QR codes can work with Chromebooks, Surface Pros, smart phones, and iPads. Below is a list of some of the QR Code Scanners that you can use with the different devices.
This activity can be used in the 3rd through 12th grade classroom. The Newsela article can be read at five different Lexile levels. Some of the activities can be modified ago fit the needs of the different grade levels.
This activity can be tied into the following content areas:
Length of Project
Blended and Personalized Learning Classrooms
If you are teaching in a Blended Learning environment, then this activity would be a part of the rotations. It took a class five days to complete during their rotation activities.
Traditional Classroom Environment
This activity can be broken up into two days. Start the whole group out reading the article and once they have finished reading the article, their group can search for the first QR Code (storyboardthat)
Free QR Code Scavenger Hunt Print Outs
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Marcia Kish - Blended and Personalized Learning coach that designed the Three Phases of Blended Learning