Lesson Plan

Using Google Slides for Collaboration

Introduce students to Google slides by doing a fun project so that you can use this application for an academic project later.
Molly H.
Classroom teacher
Girdwood K-8
Girdwood, United States
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to create a new slide in a collaborative Google Slide document. Students will be able to insert word art, images from the web, camera images, text boxes, and backgrounds. Students will also be able to create and reply to comments on other student's work, as well as their own. This lesson is intended to be an intro lesson so that you can use Google Slides as a collaborative work space for academic assignments in the future.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 2 – 8
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1 Attention Getter

Share a short slide show about yourself to your students. Make sure that it is short, simple, and contains both images and text on each slide. 

2 Direct Instruction

Model creating a new slide and adding your name with word art, an image from the camera, a web image, and text in a text box. Depending on student's age and experience with Google tools, you might introduce one component at at time and then give them time to work, or you might introduce them all and then give work time.

3 Guided practice

Allow students ample time to play with all the features in Google Slides while they work on adding their names, pictures, images, and text to their slide. The goal is to let them figure out all the features, so that next time you use this collaborative space, they can focus on an academic task without getting distracted. Students can and should work together to help each other with features that they are struggling with.

4 Direct Instruction

Introduce the comment feature and show how you can choose a slide and insert a comment. Tie this in to your social emotional learning standards or regular classroom or school behavior expectations. Make sure comments are positive and productive, and in complete sentences. Model adding a comment to a slide, and have a student reply. Give students time to add comments and reply, and monitor to make sure that all students are receiving comments equally.

5 Wrap up

Play complete slideshow for the class so that they can all view each other's slides on the big screen. Highlight creative features and engage the class in conversation about what they liked and disliked.