April 19, 2021
This past month, I learned something that has enriched my remote teaching greatly: how to make my own templates for worksheets for more interactive worksheets.
I create these worksheets for my students, not on Google Docs, but actually on Google Slides. It didn’t occur to me until now that Google Slides could be a worksheet as I always saw it as a presentation tool like Power Point. But… It can become a document that you can assign your students and it has a more versatile tool kit for students to do things on it (and you!). You can place text boxes and images anywhere! And it’s online, so your students can have access to anything online: images, videos and Google Translate and… you can monitor your student’s work as it is happening live!
This was my first worksheet template. It was for my Third Grade Students to create a Supermarket Flyer.
This is how I made it:
Creating a Background.
I first drew boxes where I wanted my students to place the food items and the text. I did this in Google Slides and saved it as a png. The gray boxes help student keep their writing organized in those areas.
Here is a video of how I did this:
Creating the student interactive part.
Now you have a background. The next step is to use that background as a base and use the text box tool to create the places where your students will write. I placed text boxes over every single gray square, so when students clicked on a gray box, a text box appears. I also searched online for various food items and dragged them onto the space next to my worksheet. I resized them so they would fit onto the blue squares or close to it (students would finish fitting them in).
This is a video of how I created the rest of this document:
Assigning the worksheet and checking your students work live!
Last but not least I will show you how to assign this as an individual work for each student and check it live!. Take a look in this video:
I hope this is as helpful to you as it was for me!