QARs and Printing on Sticky Notes

May 15, 2011

QARs and Printing on Sticky Notes

May 15, 2011

These two things go together, I promise!

Do you use QAR strategies in your school? QAR stands for Question-Answer-Relationships and we use them a lot in our class. The kids just love them and the strategies have made a big difference in how they think about questions and find the answers in challenging texts. Our school has a workbook with reading articles and various questions to help students identify and use these different QAR strategies.

Of course, these strategies are intended to go beyond the workbook! I try to work these question-answer-relationships into other subjects as much as possible–especially in our Reader’s Responses.

In efforts to keep my kids thinking of these strategies in all subjects, I decided to print out a little bookmark they could keep in their books for Reader’s Workshop, as well as their Social Studies and Science texts.

This is where the printing on sticky notes comes in!

This is not my original idea…I read about it a long time ago on a website called Writing Fix (a wonderful resource!).

Here is how to print on a Post-It:

1. Use a basic template with 3″ x 3″ squares (I’m including one at the end of this post). This is where you can customize your sticky notes and line up the notes for printing.

2. Stick the Post-Its right on the boxes on the template. Be sure the sticky lines are all facing in the same direction (you will want to feed that sticky side in first on the printer, so the Post-It doesn’t lift up and get crushed).

3. Run the 6 notes through the printer and voila! It’s like having a mini-poster that can stay with the students throughout the day, in all of their books!

I’m going to work on some larger signs for each QAR strategy this week.

Side {funny} note…when I asked my students if they’d like me to make some signs to help remind them of the strategies, one boy responded, “ya, with those kids on them!” (meaning the Thistlegirl graphics!!) lol!

I’ve also been working on putting some Reader’s Response questions on sticky notes as well. I have a few ideas on how to use those next year (and of course I’ll have to try them out this year!).

Would you like to try Reader’s Response questions on Post-Its? If so, I’ll be sure to share them on here as I make them.

Here are the files for the QAR sticky notes…I hope some of you can use them. 🙂

Blank Sticky Note Template (PDF)

Blank Sticky Note Template (doc)

QAR Strategies Template (PDF)


  • SDNana May 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    This sounds like a neat idea. When I clicked on the links I got a message from googledocs that said they couldn't retrieve the documents. Liz

  • Martha May 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I got the same message…couldn't retrieve. What a neat idea with the post-its!

  • Kristen May 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I think I am going to lose my mind with this Google Docs mess! How 'bout now? Thanks for letting me know 🙂

  • Amanda May 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Is there any way that you could convert your template to pdf? It's in Word still, and I have a Mac! Thanks! This is great!


  • Mrs. Owens May 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks so much for this! We started QAR second semester this year, and I'm excited to start this from the very beginning. And who doesn't love stick notes?!

    Go Fourth! With Owens

  • Ms. Draffkorn May 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I saw QAR being used in a classroom I subbed in, and it looks like it really helped the kids. When I just did a maternity leave in seventh and eighth grade, I felt like even those students could have used some QAR help!

    These are awesome, thanks!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

  • Amanda K. May 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Love this idea! I can't wait to read more about QAR.

    Third Grade Experience

  • Lisa May 15, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you, I love this idea! I have been working on posters etc. for QAR. I am also curious about how you store them. Do you just leave them on the sheet of paper you stuck them on to print? I am thinking I would have to print them out at home because of the type of printer I have at school.

  • Kristen May 16, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Thanks everyone! I can't wait to try them out tomorrow.

    Lisa, I think I will leave them on the paper until I give them to the kids for their bookmarks (so they don't lose too much of their stickiness). If they would just invent the ever-sticky Post-It, life would be perfect lol!

  • Ms.M May 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

    This is brilliant. Great idea, I can see so many possibilities for my students. 🙂

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  • curriculumgal May 16, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Thanks for the template and for the QAR for post-its. Great idea and would love to see you post your ideas for reader's response questions for post-it notes when you get them done.
    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas,

  • Mrs. McCumbee May 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I love your blog! I use QARs in my class as well and I love the idea of using sticky notes. This reminds me of a training I went to on Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR).

  • Natalie Kay May 17, 2011 at 3:42 am


  • Janette May 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Just tried printing the sticky note and I LOVE it!!!!!! Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • Alyson May 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

    The template in the doc form is where you can save it and write whatever you want right? You can't in pdf right? It won't let me download the doc one.

  • Kristen May 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Alyson, can you download the PDF, but not the doc? Or not anything? Thanks!

  • Sunflower Rays December 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Too Cool! I'm bummed that everyone at school has gone home and I can't share by dancing down the halls!

  • Micheale December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I'm very excited to have "stumbled" on your blog! I'm a 5th grade teacher and we use sticky notes A LOT! I'm glad I can now print what I want on them and pass them out…and they too can print what they need on them for projects or study notes! Thanks!

  • Anonymous August 20, 2012 at 1:47 am

    I was wondering if I could have the QAR in word format. I would like to order these on sticky notes via Vistaprint. I would just need one by itself to create a template for it.

    Thank you,

  • Anonymous August 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

    for some reason i cant download any template. they open up blank? is the link still available. i love the idea, cant wait to use it

  • Anonymous September 23, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Now it's September 22nd and they still open up blank . . . HELP!

    • Kristen September 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Hi, I'm sorry I'm just catching up finally! If it opens up blank, click on the File tab, then click Download and you should get the original file.

  • Cheryl Minix December 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Can you explain to me a little more how you use the sticky notes? Are they just as their own personal chart reminder that they can carry with them or do you use them with an activity where you have the kids locate answers, formulate questions, etc? How does this work? I'm very excited about sharing this with my staff, I just want to make sure I have it right. THanks.

  • Sweet Fairy December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Great post with nice details. Which kind of printer prints the Metal business cards?

  • Beth Osborne June 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I would love to use your differentiated questions and your QAR, but I can't open
    the files. Do you think you could save it
    in Microsoft Word?

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