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Google Drawings & Interactive Slides

Google Drawings

Yesterday I posted the Google Drawing I created to review functions on my Instagram account and several of you responded wanting to know here you have it! It started when I got to school yesterday extremely unmotivated to make any sort of copies (look at me being environmentally friendly for once!) for our review over representing functions various ways. I found a two problem worksheet on my textbook's online resources and decided to transform it into something my students could do on their Chromebooks (we are a 1:1 school).

I opened up Google Drawings the same way you would open up a Google Doc or Slides and it gave me my blank canvas to create my "interactive" worksheet. From there, I simply took screenshots of each problem I wanted to include in my Drawing. I simply copy and pasted these and positioned them where I wanted them. Next, I added text boxes and tables and simple directions above each component that students were supposed to type into. For the graphs, I just created points using the circle shape tool that students could drag and drop onto their graphs. Here is what my finished product looked like:

I did the first problem with my students so they could see what exactly they had to fill in and how to go about doing so and then I instructed them to do the second problem on their own. To distribute this to my students, I posted this Google Drawing as an Assignment on Google Classroom and chose the option where each student had their own copy. Once students were finished, they simply clicked "Turn in" on Google Classroom and I was able to click through each of their drawings to check their work. Like I said on my Instagram account, this is a serious GAME CHANGER! For me, this means less time making copies and no more giant stacks of paper in my room. All-in-all this maybe took 10 minutes to create and I'm sure the more I use Google Drawings, the less time things like this will take me in the future.

Interactive Slides

For my next section of notes, I'm planning on using Interactive Google Slides as part of the formative assessment for my unit on inequalities. If Google Drawings is used as a worksheet, then imagine Google Slides being more of a packet or a workbook. Rather than just one page of practice, I designed 6 pages of targeted practice for each lesson. Within these interactive slides, student can drag and drop items, type solutions, highlight correct solutions, and fill in charts.

I'm teaching 3 different lessons on inequalities: introduction to inequalities, writing & graphing inequalities, and solving one-step inequalities. For each of these lessons, I have an instructional video (sort of a modified flipped-classroom), an independent practice worksheet, an IXL topic, and then 2 slides of the interactive slideshow for students to complete. As you can tell, I'm working on my students being more self-sufficient through self-paced learning and practice. Here is a preview of the interactive slides:

Below is a link to the INTERACTIVE INEQUALITIES assignment I created on Google Slides. Feel free to make a copy and use it in your own classroom! Please be sure to share how the activity goes in your classroom either by emailing me or by commenting below!

I hope this helped those of you who had questions or wanted to learn more about using these specific tools in math classes! I look forward to hearing how you use Google Drawings and Interactive slides in your own classroom!


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Hey there, I'm Lauren.

I'm a 6th grade math teacher in Missouri. Mathematics in the Middle is an educational blog devoted to resources and ideas that can be applied to any middle school mathematics classroom.

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