Monday, July 16, 2012

Finally...Back to School Scavenger Hunt/ QR codes part deaux

I've been working like a mad woman to finish this.......I love the book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, for a first day read aloud.

     If you're not familiar with this book; it's  about Chester Raccoon & he doesn't want to go to school. His mom assures him that he'll love school.  Even better, she has a secret for him--the Kissing Hand. She takes his hand, and kisses his palm: "Chester felt his mother's kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart." Whenever he feels lonely at school, all he has to do is press his hand to his cheek to feel the warmth of his mother's kiss.

    It's a really sweet book, and lends itself beautifully to first day conversations.  I had talked about earllier doing a scavenger hunt after reading this book.  I finally finished!!  Here's a sneak peak of it, but you can find it in my Teachers pay Teachers store (button to the right on the bloggy bar.)

     Basically, we'll use the iPods with a QR scanner app to find the codes; which will lead us to Chester's next clue.  We start with this clue, and the kids should work together to figure out we need to go to the library to find the  next clue.  Once we get there, they'll search for the qr code, and I'll choose one kiddo to scan it--which should show us Chester's next clue.  The TPT pack has 11 slides total.  I am super excited about this....I think the kids will love it!  It's also a great way to take them on a tour of the school; without making it soooooo boring.
These are the QR codes that will be posted in different places for them to scan using the iPod app.  There are plenty free apps available; just search for "free QR scanner." 

Here's the link to my first post about QR codes in the classroom; just in case you missed it.

there are usually not stars on QR codes...I just covered my personal info
So excited about this one!  Happy coding :)  Here is a poster I plan to hang on my door @ meet the teacher night.  With QR codes, they can instantly have all your contact info in their phone!

Oh yeah, here's some of my favorite back to school books.....


  1. This is cute! We do a scavenger hunt with Chester too! I hopped over to your TpT store and you have some great activities. =)

    Heather's Heart

  2. I've had lots of requests for the QR code poster for meet the teacher night. Email me & I'll send you a writeable version of it. All you need to do is copy and paste your own QR codes.

    1. I would love the poster for QR codes.


  3. Hi...I just found your blog through the First Day Jitters Blog Hop and am now a follower. I'd love for you to visit back and enter my giveaway.

  4. I love the QR idea! I'm a new follower who will be back for lots of visits!

  5. I just found your blog & purchased your QR codes for The Kissing Hand. I sent you a message about being able to change the names in it to meet the needs for our school? Love using the codes! Keep me posted if you do others. I would love to get a poster for our Teacher night this coming Monday. Thanks again, Jackie

  6. Wow..I just found your blog and started following you! Your TPT store has some cute stuff. I am new to blogging and TPT. So happy I found your site.

  7. I love this idea! My school did a Chester hunt for the first time last year (we always did Gingerbread Man hunts before). I plan on purchasing the QR codes...can't wait for the hunt this year!!! I would love a copy of the QR poster for Meet The Teacher too. :)

    Kindergarten Days-