Google Drawing Elementary #CCSS #ELA Practice Skills Interactive

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Using a Google Drawing to create manipulative supports is easy to do. Not only is the support simple to create but intuitive for the student to use. Once a Google Drawing Manipulative is saved to a child’s individual Google Drive Folder the teacher can check the revision history to access the student’s use of the interactive. The revision history supports accountability for the time the student spends using the manipulative.

Final Touches for the Google Slide ELA Elementary Interactive Activity

Time to wrap up and assemble the Google Slide for the ELA Elementary Interactive Activity. One thing I’d like to point out is when creating clipart it is good to save as one file where the layers are merged. This prevents the clipart from falling apart when dragged. Using the shape tool made creating the clipart easier because it allows you to add border and words as one layer. Here are the steps I used to create the letter “g” with Google Drawings.

Clipart Alphabet

  1. Insert shape
  2. Change color
  3. Used 12px for the border size
  4. Change border color
  5. Click center of shape to choose font style
  6. Then type the letter & change font color 
  7. Download & Save as PNG to insert into slide 

NOTE: I like saving my clipart files as PNG for several reasons.

  • A PNG has a transparent background
  • When clipart is saved as a PNG all layers are merged into one

Once everything is inserted into the Google Slide the Interactive Activity will look like this:

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ASSEMBLING THE INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY with GOOGLE SLIDE 

  • Open Google Slide
  • Add a Title to the Slide

TYPE HERE

  • Insert clipart

Insert clipart

 clipart 3

  • Embed YouTube for sound
    • Go to your YouTube Dashboard
  1. 1. Select VideoDashboard 1

2. Click Share

Dashboard 2

3. Copy URL

Dashboard 3

OPEN GOOGLE SLIDE

4. Click Insert

5. Click Video

Slide steps 4 & 5

6. Paste URL to YouTube Video 

Slide steps 6

7. Click the YouTube Video

8. Then Click Select

Slide steps 7 & 8

9. Resize Video on the Google Slide

Sizing Youtube vid

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NOTES: 

  1. In this Google Slide Activity the YouTube Video is used as a Sound File.
  2. When using Video as Sound it is best to reduce video to a very small size.
    1. You don’t want the video to become a distraction.
  3. This activity was created to provide support for successful completion of the activity.

Elementary Level Interactive Activity Using Google Slides

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When it comes to creating interactive activities for the elementary level student using Google Slides is one of my favorite choices. It lends itself to a variety of activities which can be used to support different learning styles. I think it is important when designing an interactive to consider the kind of hands-on movement to best supports success for accomplishing the task. It is good to have more than one activity focused on the same objective for the student to attempt. Children will naturally gravitate towards the activity they can handle. Once the student feels confident they tend to move on independently to complete the next level. I also believe it is  important to build in extra support for the students to provide them a boost towards success.

This is why I created a youtube video which supplies an audio hint for completing the main goal of the activity. If you click the hint you may notice it actually gives the answer. This is okay because in the end the objective is to learn how to spell along with reading  the word pictured on the slide by using the “an family”.  Once the student is done advancing through all the slides they should have a good understanding of the  “an family”. NOTE: Right now there is only one slide in the sample below.

What I like about Google Slides is it keeps a revision history. This can help you assess the student’s independent work and provides evidence of understanding the concept. Revision history is a wonderful way of assessing abilities without actually providing a quiz or test. It provides  data a teacher can use for meetings with parents or colleagues about the students progress. This activity can also be used as APPR evidence to support the learning which is occurring in the teacher’s classroom.

How do you use the Interactive Activity for Word Building in a classroom? This activity lends itself to the “I do, We do, You do” strategy.

  1. Model the activity on an interactive white board or big screen in front of the classroom
  2. Provide opportunities for the student to interact with you and the IWB
  3. Have the students work individually or in a group with smaller digital devices
  4. Make sure the students have an opportunity to explore the concept on their own

I know this activity works on both Mac and Windows Laptops. It also functions very well on a Windows based tablet with a touchscreen. I haven’t tried on Android or an iPad. If anyone tries the activity on one of the aforementioned devices please leave a comment and let me know how it goes.

I will share the method used for creating this ELA interactive activity in another post.

ELEMENTARY LEVEL INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY FOR WORD BUILDING

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