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QR Challenge: Can you crack the IPA code? (v.2)

Created using the ClassTools QR Treasure Hunt Generator

Teacher Notes

A. Prior to the lesson:

1. Arrange students into groups. Each group needs at least ONE person who has a mobile device.

2. If their phone camera doesn't automatically detect and decode QR codes, ask students to

3. Print out the QR codes.

4. Cut them out and place them around your class / school.

B. The lesson:

1. Give each group a clipboard and a piece of paper so they can write down the decoded questions and their answers to them.

2. Explain to the students that the codes are hidden around the school. Each team will get ONE point for each question they correctly decode and copy down onto their sheet, and a further TWO points if they can then provide the correct answer and write this down underneath the question.

3. Away they go! The winner is the first team to return with the most correct answers in the time available. This could be within a lesson, or during a lunchbreak, or even over several days!


4. A detailed case study in how to set up a successful QR Scavenger Hunt using this tool can be found here.

Questions / Answers (teacher reference)



1. ðə ˈʃɔrtɪst kəmˈplit ˈsɛntəns ɪn ˈɪŋglɪʃ ɪz "aɪ æm". (Next QR Code: Before cell phones, people used these a lot more often. Quarters were also very important.)The shortest complete sentence in English is "I am".
2. ðə ˈlɔŋgɪst ˈɪŋglɪʃ wɜrd wɪˈθaʊt ə tru ˈvaʊəl ɪz "ˈrɪðəm". (Next QR Code: Tired already? Pour yourself a nice 'hot cappuccino'.)The longest English word without a true vowel is "rhythm".
3. ðə wɜrd "ˈʧɛkˌmeɪt" ɪn ʧɛs kʌmz frʌm ə ˈpɜrʒən freɪz ˈminɪŋ "ðə kɪŋ ɪz ˈhɛlpləs". (Next QR Code: A quiet place to study, read, and borrow books. Don't forget the $10 deposit!)The word "checkmate" in chess comes from a Persian phrase meaning "the king is helpless".
4. wi prəˈnaʊns ðə ˈlɛtər ˌkɑmbəˈneɪʃən "ough" ɪn naɪn ˈdɪfrənt weɪz. (Next QR Code: Athens is its capital)We pronounce the letter combination "ough" in nine different ways.
5. ˈnɪrli eɪt ˈhʌndrɪd ænd ˈfɪfti wɜrdz wɜr ˈædɪd tu ðə ˈdɪkʃəˌnɛri læst jɪr. (Next QR Code: There aren't anymore. You're finished! Come back to class and try to decipher the 5 interesting facts about English.)Nearly eight hundred and fifty words were added to the dictionary last year.


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