Learning All About Weather with QR Codes {FREEBIE}

About a month ago, my wonderful teaching buddy and I had an opportunity to present at the CUE conference in Palm Springs! 

It was SO much fun!!! We presented "iPad Projects for the 21st Century Classroom" and {we think!} it was a hit!  

I wanted to share one of the projects we presented on, and share this weather freebie with you! 

In our new Wonders curriculum, there is a unit on weather, and how weather affects our everyday life. We did lots of close reading, shared reading, and guided reading about weather. We're so lucky to live in beautiful Southern California, so many of the types of weather we read about were very unfamiliar to the students. 

For this project, students were randomly placed into groups of four. 

We wanted students to create a virtual "wall" using Padlet, which is a website that allows you to post "stickies" to the wall. {HAVE YOU USED PADLET BEFORE!!!!?} One group member created the wall, then shared it with the other group members using the easy share feature! This meant that all students in the group were on the same wall, and could collaborate with each other and see one another's ideas! 

(We use the Qrafter app to scan QR codes!) 

Once in groups of four, students chose from a bag to determine which weather type they would be the "expert" on. 

Once students knew which type of weather they were responsible for, they began scanning the QR codes that matched their weather type. 

Each QR code would take them to a slide I created using PowerPoint. The slides were then exported as a PDF and uploaded to my Dropbox account. I then "shared" the link through Dropbox to create the QR codes. 

The actual slides look like this, and there were six slides for each weather type (so this is what the kids saw when they scanned the QR codes):  

Once they scanned the QR codes, they added the information they had learned to their Padlet wall to share with their other groups members. (Any sticky one kiddo posts, all of the other students in the group can see it on their device as well!) 

Some kids even got really tech savvy, took a screen shot of the slide, and added it to the Padlet wall as a photo! By the end, some of them had even added videos of themselves SPEAKING about what they had learned! They also found photos and drew pictures!  

You can download all of the QR code resources for this project here! 

To evaluate how the project went, students took a survey on Google to determine how working with their group went that day. 

You can check out a video of this lesson here! 

As a follow up activity, students worked with their groups to create newscasts about their weather type! We used a green screen and iMovie

Check out one of the group's videos here! 
(I'm working on a how-to post on iMovie and green screening! Look for it soon!) 


Here is the outline kids used to organize their news reports!
(Click to download!) 

Finally, we had a wonderful opportunity to Mystery Skype with Kate from Purely Paperless's class in Montana! You can check Kate out here (she's wonderful!!!!!): 

Purely Paperless

When you Mystery Skype, you connect with another class around the country (or world!) through Skype or Google Hangouts (we used Google Hangouts- it was really easy!) and students ask questions to figure out where the other class is located. 

This was an amazing opportunity because while we were enjoying 80 degree weather in Southern California, our buddy class' playground was covered in inches of snow! We got see what it looks like to have a playground covered in snow, and we got to ask questions about what it's like going to school in the snow! They also got to ask us all about the beach! This was such a fun way to collaborate and communicate with students from another part of the country! 

***If you're looking for a class to Mystery Skype with, a great resource is Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #mysteryskype! Blogging is also a great way to connect with other teachers who might be interested! 

If you'd like more technology project ideas, or to see our resources from the CUE presentation, hop on over to 

iRock Common Core

and check it out! 


  1. Great fun! Love this...and bookmarked for later when hopefully, we will have more than one iPad next year!

  2. Wow! What a great way to incorporate QR codes. I hope you don't mind, but I've linked it to my "Classroom 'App'lications" linky. I'm sharing with our iPad team too.

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  3. I love the way you integrate technology in your classroom! And that Mystery Skype was awesome. I hope I can try some of these things in my classroom!

  4. Thanks for the videos!!! So often I see good ideas but I'm just not sure how I'd put them into practice. Seeing you teach gives me ideas of how I'd adapt them to my lessons in the library. And what a smart short cut to use the QR codes to save time!

  5. I just stumbled across this and it is amazing. You are my new favorite blogger. I love what you have done with technology and THANK YOU for the freebie! An added bonus is that we us WONDERS too so I can use QR code 6. I only have 8 ipads in my classroom but I am thinking I can still make something like this work!

  6. Wishing we had iPads to do this! This is amazing! Thanks for sharing! I was also curious as to how you use your "our transitions" board?

    1. Hi Jamie! Thanks for stopping by! I have two blog posts on how I use the Transitions Board with music... you can check them out here:
      http://www.soaringthroughsecond.com/2012/08/transitions-and-cutting-music-with.html AND http://www.soaringthroughsecond.com/2012/02/transitions-transitions.html
      Thanks again!