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!!!

2 Math Manipulative Created w/Google Slides

Earlier this week I created a number line  support for a colleague.  The objective of the visual & interactive manipulative was to support learning about negative integers. I used the same support in a twitter chat. This was interesting because it lead to another educator sharing the 3D Printing Number line they created to support students. This design inspired me  to create another Google Slide manipulative in the style of Mr. Navas’ 3D Number line. Thank you Mr. Navas for the inspiration!

The Twitter Conversation Which
Inspired Newest Number Line

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Number Line Interactive Manipulatives
Created by Using Google Slides




  1. Provides a visual interactive support which can be used with an IWB
    • When teaching whole class, small groups, or individuals
  2. Can be used as an independent support for doing homework
  3. Supports the student independence in the classroom
    • Use support during individual classroom work time
    • Use during small group centers
  4. Maintains accountability & supports accessing individual students & group activities
    • This is done by using the Revision History Tool

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.