Category: Google Apps

Troublesome Words Effect vs Affect

This vocabulary lesson includes a free organizer and digital resource. 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will practice using the troublesome word pair - affect/effect. This lesson covers the rules with examples appropriate for upper elementary students.

Effect vs Affect – How many times have students struggled with this troublesome pair? How many papers have you graded that confused these words? Before Common Core State Standards, our state standards gave a long list of troublesome word pairs students had to learn. Teaching this skill was monotonous for both students and teachers. Because of this, I experimented with different teaching methods. This skill hasn’t gone away with Common Core. Instead, it has become more general.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.1.G
Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).*
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Word Find – An Online Boggle Game

Students play this word find game through Google Slides. Students play using both individual ‘secret’ boards and a group board for competition..

Keeping students motivated during distance learning is a real challenge. Learning games are a great way to keep students enthused in addition to providing brain breaks from the routine. Download a free sample of Word Find, a free online Boggle game. This Google Slide activity is set up for distance learning using both individual and shared slides.

The bonus game is simplified. The full set contains 21 games set up in rounds. The game is set up for 4 players; however, it can easily be played with 2 or 3 players. The object of the game is to spot more unique words than your friends. This video provides great instructions for playing. Continue Reading

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Educational Google Slides Game

Interactive Vocabulary Activity for Google Slides

With many schools starting back at least partly with distance learning, my focus is to create educational Google Slide activities that students will enjoy while learning. These activities are perfect for distance learning and will work well in the classroom when school resumes it normal routine.

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Learning with Games

Free Educational Games for Google Slides


For the new school year, many schools will be starting back at least partially with distance learning. Learning with games is a great way to start off the new school year. To help teachers with this, I am creating a set of digital game activities for Google Slides. To know what was already available, (There is no point in reinventing the wheel.) I searched the internet. I found many free resources including templates for creating great educational games for Google Slides. This post is about sharing some great finds.

When the link sends you to a Google Slide you can’t edit, all you need to do is make a copy to your Google Drive. Do this by clicking File > Make a Copy. This makes the activity yours and you can edit it to meet the needs of your subject and students. Continue Reading

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Free Digital Games

Free Digital Games using Google Slides

During this stressful time make distance learning fun with these free digital games created in Google Slides. Everything you need is on the slides. This includes the dice and movable playing pieces. 

Digital Bump

If you haven’t used the educational game BUMP in your classroom, you are in for a real treat. I’m turned the board game into an interactive Google Slides game. Everything students need is on the slide. The rules are basically the same. Continue Reading

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Free Materials for Distance Learning

28 Free Resources for Distance Learning

Distance Learning – For the teacher this is expensive, time consuming, and frustrating. Did I say expensive? YES! Because of this, I pulled together a group of free resources that can be used during this tough time. You’ll find everything here: math, language arts, Google Slides and Boom Learning.

First things first. Here is a little bit about the programs. Specific materials follow the program descriptions. Continue Reading

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Distance Learning with Google Apps

Distance Learning with Google

OVERWHELMED…FRUSTRATED…READY TO SIT DOWN AND CRY…These are just a few of the emotions teachers are feeling. With distance learning, teachers don’t have to learn one new program, but dozens. To help I am going to provide a few answers to questions I see repeatedly about Google Apps including Google Slides, Docs, and Forms. For each question, I will provide the “Give it to Me Fast” answer and “I Need to Know More” answer.

Question #1 – Why can’t I edit this Google Slide or Doc?

Fast Answer

If you want to make edits to files you do not own, you need to make a copy of the file to your Google Drive. Once the copy is saved, you own it and can make edits. Remember this is also true when you assign Google Slides to your students. They must save files to their Google Drives before they edit; otherwise, all the students are making changes to your originals. Continue Reading

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