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Google Templates for Students

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Written by Lori Gracey

Looking for a template to get your students started on a project? We’ve found some great Google Docs and Slides templates to use as they are or change up to match your classroom.

Sometimes, a content area teacher may not want to worry with the trouble of having students start a technology project from scratch. Instead, he or she may want to use an already-prepared template so that students can focus more on the content than on the mechanics of the technology. Here are some great Google templates for students to use either as their project starting block or for ideas. Note: Make sure you make a copy of the template before you begin using it!

Cross-Curricular Resources

  • Ask and Respond Template – Use this template and Google Slides to get information from your students about something they’ve read or studied, what they’re thinking, or their favorite band.
  • Baseball Review Game – This great review game in Google Slides is technically for teachers and not students. But it was so great that I just had to share it with you.
  • Collaborative Yearbook – Let your students celebrate their school year by creating a Google Slide yearbook together.
  • Flippity – Flippity provides nine different templates that are designed more for teacher use, but could also be used by students. All of them take data from a Google Sheet and transform the information. My favorite is the Mad Libs one.
  • General Resources and Templates – There are a ton of different templates available at this website, including a cartoon template, a character map, Cornell note-taking form, and an iPhone Message template that could be great to have students create a conversation between two literary or historical characters.
  • Google Drawings Chess and Checkers – If only as a way to have students learn more about how Drawings works, these templates are a valuable classroom addition.
  • Infographic Templates – Eight different templates for creating beautiful infographics are available. Infographics are an excellent way for students to organize and summarize key information that they’ve learned.
  • Jigsaw Activity Template– Use this Google Slides template whenever students are placed in groups for a jigsaw learning activity.
  • More than 40 Google Drawings Templates – These are amazing templates that are perfect for students of all ages in math, ELA, science, and notetaking/organizing information.
  • Motivational Poster Template in Google Drawings – Have your students use either the horizontal or the vertical poster to share a favorite quote, a main idea, or something important to them.
  • New Templates from Google – Google has released a variety of new templates, including a nice book report template from Reading Rainbow.
  • Power Up Your Spring with Flowers – Use Google Slides to help your students create beautiful flowers for a special someone. Have them list words that describe their creations or, for older students, have them create a poem or short story about them.
  • Print Custom Sticky Notes – This great resource from Tony Vincent includes a Google Slides template along with specific instructions on how you can design and print your own sticky notes.
  • Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides – This innovative idea has hundreds of potential uses in the classroom.
  • Tammy Worcester Tang’s Favorite Templates – Our favorite convention speaker, Tammy, has 40 templates perfect for student use.
  • Twitter Fictional Account Template – Use this Google Drawing template to have students create fictional Twitter accounts for literary characters, famous people in history, scientists, and more. The creator of this template also offers an infographic template, Harry Potter’s Daily Prophet newspaper, templates for Time Magazine and National Geographic, and a comic book template.
  • Vocabulary Slide Deck – This great template based on the Frayer model is a perfect way to learn any new words.
  • Wanted Poster – This template is perfect for learning about famous people in history or characters in literature.

Elementary Templates

  • Elementary Student Newspaper – This is the perfect way for elementary students to create a classroom or project newspaper. It includes room for several articles, ads or quotes, graphics, and even a graph. The template is available for both a one-page and a two-page newspaper. Older students may use this template with four articles and accompanying graphics. If your students need to create a newspaper about colonial times, this template and accompanying rubric will work well.
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Sorting Template – Have your elementary students do this fun activity to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.
  • Pattern Block Templates and Activities – Google Drawing makes this template very easy to use for both you and your students.
  • Pixel Art Template – This template, at its simplest level, is a paint-by-number activity great for younger students. At its more complex, students can use the template to create fun pixel art.
  • Super Digital Citizen – Have your students in grades 2-5 practice their digital citizenship with this innovative template.
  • Self Evaluation – This is a very simple evaluation form for elementary students to complete about themselves. It asks them “How is it going for you?” in several different subjects: writing, reading, and math.

English/Language Arts

  • Build a Snowman and Write a Story – This is a simple to use template in Google Slides that lets students get creative while building a snowman and then describing it, for vocabulary practice, or writing a story about the snowman. You can use the same idea with anything that students can build, from the parts of a plant to a gingerbread house.
  • Cloze Test Generator – Scroll to the bottom of this page to download a copy of a great cloze activity template in Sheets
  • Reading and Writing Tools – Here are 12 more templates perfect for the ELA classroom. They include different charts and concept maps, as well as a plot diagram and a journal.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Magnet Poetry with Google Slides – This template includes more than 60 words and phrases that students can use to create fun poetry or a story.
  • Valentine’s Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings – This idea of using Drawings to create a template with words that students can use to create their own poetry is genius. You can reuse the basic template for other holidays and themes, simply changing the graphics to match.
  • Writing Prompts – With these templates, you have a choice of writing prompts with pictures or journal templates with blank layouts. As always, make sure to Make a Copy of the template before you begin using it.

Mathematics

  • Area of Shapes Scavenger Hunt – Using Google Slides, students can document shapes they find around them and then calculate the perimeter and area of those shapes.
  • Battlesheets – Have your students practice grid coordinates and logical thinking as they play the familiar Battleship game in Google Sheets.
  • Exploring Surface Area – This is an excellent template with lessons for exploring surface area using Google Slides.
  • Exploring Tangrams with Google Drawings – This site includes a free blank template with all the tangram pieces already created, a dozen pre-made tangram puzzles to solve, and detailed directions on how to manipulate the shapes using tools in Google Drawings and create your own tangram puzzles.
  • Game-Based Learning with Google Slides: Coordinate Plane Battleship – This is a great way to incorporate some fun into Algebra class.
  • Google Graph Paper for Math – If you’re a math teacher, you will love these seven different templates for graph paper.

Templates for Science/Social Studies

  • Exploring Human Heredity – High school students work in groups of three to investigate human heredity with this template.
  • Historical Facebook – Students can plan a “fake” Facebook page for a historical figure. A literary Facebook template is also available.
  • Infographics Toolbox – Challenge your older students to take existing data they would normally just read over and create amazing infographics highlighting key points with this beautiful template.
  • Map of the United States – Use this colorful map of the US to study any type of geographic, political, or historical data.

If you would like to learn how to create your own templates in Docs, this four-minute video is perfect. And learn how to take basic templates to the next level with HyperDocs – an innovative lesson in Google Docs that contains everything the student will need. You can find additional HyperDocs by searching the hashtag #hyperdocs in Twitter.

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(Additional resources for this blog were added on May 23, 2017.)

 

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Lori Gracey

Lori Gracey has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her eight years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 20. Lori is also on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and will serve as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

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