Geometry FUN Using a Google Sheet

Oh! How I love  Alice Keelers’ Google Sheet Pixel Art Template and the potentials it offers for supporting learning Geometry. After seeing this template in action I knew it would make a perfect visual manipulative for helping students with understanding the concepts of Perimeter and Area. The below video demonstrates how I envision the template being used to support students with learning math.

Please click here to make a copy of the Area & Perimeter Google Sheet Template

As Alice would say,

“The Answer is Always a Spreadsheet”

Thank you Alice Keeler for providing permission to use your spreadsheet template for this blog post!!!

Google My Maps Creating a Polygon Shape for Comparing State Boundaries

Today I’m sharing the directions for making the polygon shape used in the Where in the World Google My Maps Interactive Social Studies Activity Post” . The polygon shapes can be used for many different activities created with Google My Maps. A few uses for this tool is mentioned towards the bottom of this post.

In Google My Drive Click on New Followed by Clicking on My Map

Polygon 1

 Start by Clicking the Satellite Base Map

Polygon 2

Click the Line Tool

Click line tool

 Slowly Click Around the Border of the State

Google My Maps Polygon Shape

  1. Click the line tool
  2. Slowly click around the border of the state
  3. To Finish the Polygon shape click the first circle
  4. Type the state
  5. Can type info ~ historical, geographic, or fiction (from a story)

How Can the Polygon Tool be Used?

Polygon compare

  1. Compare the size of states
  2. Compare the size of countries
  3. Use to support historical discussions
  4. Can use to create math problems
  5. Create a visual journey taken by characters in a book
    1. Students can use for creating travel log projects
      1. based on history
      2. based on an ELA Reading

Differentiate Learning Addition with a Google Sheet!

Prior to Google Educator Training I had a fear about using Google Sheets in that matter even a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. This fear is fading away since learning there is so much more one can do with a Sheet than I ever imagined. What I’m going to share is a support to help the elementary student with becoming independent as they learn how to add up to 1,000. Below is a screenshot of the Addition Practice Google Sheet Interactive.

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Please feel free to use this link for copying the template: Addition Calculator Practice

I’ve created the following video to share how this interactive support works


  1. It differentiates the learning so all students can successfully find the sum
  2. Students can work independently at their own speed
  3. Provides the student with multiple ways to check their answer
  4. Growth data is provided through the revision history
  5. Can be used in multiple ways
    1. Whole Group
    2. Small Group
    3. Individually
  6. Assessable from home provided the student has internet access

Watch for a followup post on how this Interactive Math Manipulative was created. You could build interactives like this using Google Sheets for subtraction, multiplication, division and ? Please share what ideas you come up with in the comment section. I’m looking forward to hearing how you have incorporated the Google APPS for Education suite in the classroom.