Throwdown Thursday - Interactive Student Projects

Happy Friday and congrats to all of you who scored a snow day!!

I am linking up with the amazing Erin from I'm Lovin Lit for her linky party....

If you have not checked out her post, you really should. Her new Interactive Research Papers are amazing!!

Before I share my idea today, I just want you to note that I did not resolve to link up to linky parties on the right day - I knew I would never be able to keep that one, so as usual I am a day late for the party!!

I blogged about this idea before (read about it here) but I thought I would share again because I really love the idea and my students loved it too.

This year my students had to add interactive elements to their non-fiction reports. That's it, that's the idea I love. This is my first year using interactive notebooks and QR codes in my classroom on a regular basis. My students love them both. But it was always me giving them a template or a QR code activity. So when it was time for them to create their own reports I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for them to create their own interactive elements!!

They loved it. They loved learning how to create and check their own QR codes. The loved making their own interactive elements with Q & A cards, or jokes, or more facts, or pictures - basically, whatever they wanted!

Here are a few pictures:

 We used to create our QR codes and templates from Erin's Ultimate Interactive Notebook Collection.

I think adding interactive elements to non-fiction reports or projects is a great way for students to take ownership of these great learning tools. Every student brought something different and unique to what they linked their codes to or what they put in their notebook pockets. If you have a project coming up think about making this part of your criteria - or a way for students to take it to the next level!

The template that my students used is available on TPT if you want to check it out (click here)


  1. Glad you posted this because I missed it the first time. I absolutely love this project! I use QR codes all the time, but I want to get my kiddos creating their own QR code elements. Thanks for the great idea.

    iTeach 1:1

  2. I'm glad you reposted this too because I missed it the first time! I would love to have my students incorporate interactive elements and QR codes in a future project. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Your projects look amazing! I love how you added the interactive element to your children's project and don't they just love having choice to do what they would like. I would love to do fun things with QR codes so much - but my class doesn't have any iPads! Rats! Someday... Have a great weekend! My hubby says bad weather is headed our way on Sunday but at least it will be warmer than these last two days! Brrrr!!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  4. I still love this idea and I need to make a list of these ideas, apparently, because I had already forgotten this idea. Sheesh. Ok, no for real. I'm making a list right now and putting it in my plan book of things to try. I need to be held accountable. Thank you for this life changing moment. This is why I love you, friend! ;O)

  5. I love the idea of having the students create the QR codes! My kiddos love using them, it would be great to teach them how to make them!

  6. I'm so jealous that you have access to technology to allow students to create their own QR codes for their projects- totally connects with them!

  7. Love, love, love. My kids love using QR codes. I'm going to share your post with them, so they can see how other students are using them! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'


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