A New Take on the KWL

We've been busy busy busy learning all about forces & motion! I ran out of time in the day (SHOCKING- I know!) to fit everything in, so we've been doing science and writing together. And we've had SO much fun learning about forces, speed, gravity, pushes, pulls, and ramps- you name it, we're learning about it! (If you're looking for an awesome Forces & Motion unit- check out TPT HERE! This unit is super kid and teacher friendly!!! Love it!) 

"To make it move you can lift the noodle up" 

We used the app Skitch here (it's FREE) to label and predict!

*Disclaimer- I am SO lucky to have a class set of iPads!!! I know I'm a lucky girl! 
Please don't hate me :-/ 

I wanted to start the unit out with the good old KWL chart, but instead of having me create it, the students did using Wallwisher- now Padlet- which allows you to create a virtual "wall" for stickies! I created three walls- one for K, one for W, and one for L. The kids came in, scanned the QR code which took them to the wall, and they posted using a sentence frame. 

This is what our KWL chart ended up looking like: 

It's not so pretty {yet} but it's serving the purpose ;-) 

They LOVED this because they could see what everyone else was posting in real time, and got new ideas from everyone else's stickies. Plus it's interactive, rather than having them watch me write their ideas on the chart! 

Now when the parents come in for Open House, they can scan each section and see what we've been working on and learning! 

I wonder what Aidan's parents will think...

"I wear your granddads close I look incredible I'm in a vehicle from that gift shop down the road" 


  1. Hahaha that comment by Aidan cracked me up. Someone has Thriftshop on the mind. This is such a great use of technology in the classroom! You are so lucky to have a class set of ipads!


  2. Wow what a great idea! I spent last year fighting cell phones and maybe this will help me embrace them! Thanks for sharing!

  3. You are one high-tech lady!! I love it!! Makes me want to come hang out in your class and get lessons!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  4. I just found this QR activity on Technology Tailgates blog about Forces & Motion. We just completed this lesson, but wish I would have had these QR codes to go with it. I have been trying to get into QR codes more but have not made my own yet. What were the stacking toys you used in this activity? I remember having these but would love to get them for this activity for next year. Any other help with QR codes or activities for 1st grade would be appreciated. Thanks Jackie