Code the Town

Creative Communicator
QR code and girl


Students enjoy teaching others. In fact, research says that when students teach others their own learning increases. QR codes are a way for students to teach community members about their local community.

Students will research a local place or landmark, create a digital presentation or picture to teach about the place or landmark, and embed a link into a QR code that will be displayed near the community location.

Students will:

  • Be able to embed digital information into a QR code to link community members to information about a location in the community.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. QR Code: A QR code is a type of barcode that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded may be text you want students to read, websites, or video.

  2. Scan: To scan is to pass an electron beam over and convert (an image) into variations of electrical properties (as voltage) that convey information electronically.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Visit the QR Code task card for 3rd grade in order to become familiar with how to create a QR code with students.

  • Determine locations in your local community that students may teach to others.  Reach out to those locations and gain permission to post a QR code.

  • Students will need to research or investigate the location or landmark and create a digital resource.

See the Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students website in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students use a previously created digital resource that teaches others about a location or landmark in their local community.

  2. Students create a QR code that links to the digital resource.

  3. Print all QR codes and directions for use on the provided poster.

  4. Laminate posters for weatherproofing.

  5. Students visit locations in town and mount their posters in a pre-discussed location.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6a. choose appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:
QR Reader for iPhone
QR Scan for iPhone
QR Scanner and Barcode for Android

Exploring QR Codes with Crezy Kid

My QR Stuff


3rd Grade Task Card on QR Code Creation


Students may research and write an essay about the location they are creating the QR code for and link the QR code to a copy of the essay.

QR codes can link to art exhibits, museums, cultural centers and art galleries. 

QR code may link to information about the water cycle if posted near a river park.  

QR codes may link to information regarding local historical information.

This task card was created by Jean Smith, Van Buren Public Schools, December 2018. Updated February 2024.