How I Used Foldify and QR Codes to Teach to the Common Core

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This is a great Common Core App Smash that I used with a group of third graders to help teach the following Common Core ELA Standard:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.5
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.

I took four basic elements of a story 1) characters 2) setting 3) conflict 4) solution, I made a short Tellagami explaining and each concept.  Then I published the Tellagamis on my You Tube Channel.  Next I made four different color QR Codes that I linked to the Tellagami videos.  Then I imported the QR Codes into the Foldify app and dragged them onto 4 different sides of a cube.  In this case I constructed the cube for my students because I had a short period of time to work with them.  When I use this app with high school students I have them build the cubes.  The students took turns shaking the cube like a Story Dice, and they scanned the colored QR Codes and we had a wonderful class discussion about the various parts of a story.

As a follow up activity I had the students complete a writing prompt in which they created their own characters, setting, problem, and solution.  They produced some really good samples of writing based upon the digital scaffolding provided to them by using 21st century tools to teach them about the parts of a story.

I credit my fellow Apple Distinguished Educator, Monica Burns with this app-smash idea.  She does amazing things with both QR Codes and the Common Core, you can visit her blog at: http://classtechtips.com/

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