Lesson Plan

Inspirational Billboards

Students will use Google Draw to create inspirational posters and billboards.
Brian M.
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My Grades 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to... Insert graphics, text box, and shapes into a Google Draw document. They will change text color, size, and font.  Also, students will fill a shape using the fill command.

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Grades 3 - 8
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Activity: Exploring

As a whole class discussion, share with the students a variety on motivational posters and billboards. Such as the Apple "Think Different" posters. Discuss why these individuals are pictured with only the slogan "Think Different." It should be clear that these individuals broke away from the norm and inspired others. The kids probably will not know who most of these people are. In this activity, the students will be able to pick their own hero that inspires them and create a motivational billboard to decorate the classroom and the school.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Share these two examples with the class:

Robin Williams

Elon Musk

Using these two examples as guides. The students will use Google Draw to create their own billboards.

3 Guided Practice

Teacher will model how to open Google Draw and insert a graphic of an inspirational person using the search link from the insert image command. Teacher will resize the image.

The teacher will insert a text box and search the internet to find a quote from this individual. The teacher will model resizing the text and changing the font.

Next, model how to insert a shape (rectangle), to change its fill color, and add a text box over the shape. The teacher will change the text color (white) and its size. These two items should be grouped for easy formatting. In this text box the students will have to select one inspirational word that summarizes the quote and the individual. This is the one individual word that in a nut shell  inspires and motivates thinking.

Finally, the three items (text box, shape and image) will be arranged to fit the page.

4 Independent Practice

Students create their own billboard!

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Conversing

Students share their billboards and share what they learned as well as why they chose this person and the inspirational word.