Google Templates for Student Projects

To see and use these templates, you must have a Google doc account and be logged on. Make a copy of each template to your Google Docs and begin using. I have used the templates with students as young as six, but they can be used for any purpose that is appropriate.
Some common mistakes students make when typing in Google templates:
1. In Google Presentations, they hold down the space bar or the enter key when typing and suddenly the text box is off the slide.
2. When typing in a table, they forget to put a space between words, after periods, or commas. The line will not wrap to the next line and continues outside the cell.

Newspaper Templates for Student Writing

posted Nov 21, 2010, 4:46 PM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Jan 20, 2016, 6:16 AM ]

Making these templates was tricky! They are made with many tables and tables inside of table cells. There is a cell for every image, and that is where new images need to be added. I had to type text above and below image tables so that there would be a place to type if the students wanted words there. Students will need to think about the size of articles and continue long articles on a new page or column. I'm not sure how easy this template will be for my students, but there is no other web-based, free newspaper publishing template I could find that allows students to insert their own images.
I have had several emails lately asking me to share this template with people. Please remember that  users just have to copy the template to their google docs, and then they can change it in any way they want. A template is already a shared document.

Economics in the Elementary Classroom

posted Sep 3, 2010, 6:31 PM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Sep 3, 2010, 6:50 PM ]

I am so convinced that little children learn more by pretending and playing. I recently found a role-playing economics unit on the Scholastic site. During this unit, the teacher creates a community in the classroom where children apply for jobs, keep time sheets for those jobs, tally their wages, receive a pay check, cash it at the bank, and shop in the class store.  Wow, how powerful is that! Think of all the concepts that can be taught within this unit! I can teach data, charts, graphs, money, persuasive writing, and many social studies standards.
Since I am always trying to convert classroom activities into elearning activities, here is a Google Template for submitting job applications. My 2nd graders have loved submitting these applications. Their responses are so sweet! I may copy them to include in my parent conferences.

Time Line Template

posted Aug 29, 2010, 10:35 AM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 11:42 AM ]

Help students understand time by letting them create time lines of their lives. Copy the template to each students' Google Doc account. Then follow the directions given in the margins.

History Quilt Square

posted Jul 20, 2010, 5:50 PM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 8:53 AM ]

This is a project template I made for my 2nd graders. After researching a historic person or group, they can double click my pictures to insert their own. They can also add up to four details about their subject by clicking on my sentences to type their own.  Older students can be challenged to create their own quilt pattern.

Daily Calendar Time with Weather and Moon Phases

posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:37 AM by Lezlie Harris

Many elementary school teachers incorporate a daily calendar time with their classes. Integrating science lessons into the daily calendar can be a real timesaver. Below are several Google templates for teachers to use. After copying each template, try embedding them in a Google or Moodle website. Then edit each document daily with students and let the embed code update all the changes for you. Click here to see an example.

Graphic Organizer: Story Map

posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:28 AM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 11:47 AM ]

Story mapping is a powerful tool for teachers. Copy this template and model adding information to each slide. Then copy the template for each group and let them fill in the information for a new story. Other uses include using the template as a prewriting activity during a brainstorming session.






Three New Templates for Comparing and Contrasting

posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:15 AM by Lezlie Harris   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 11:38 AM ]

 Three new graphic organizers for comparing and contrasting information with students. Very easy for students to use. They just double click on the words and insert their own.

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