Category: Fun Stuff

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.

This game is based on Scrabble with a few changes. Continue Reading

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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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Native Americans for Distance Learning

Free Native American Google Slides Activities

Now with distance learning, I decided it was time to update my American History Lapbook Series using Google Apps. This means my free Native American Lapbook resource has been updated. Native Americans for Distance Learning is a perfect for home study.

Let me back up a moment and explain from the beginning. The Native American section is one of the most visited areas of the Book Units Teachers Website. These webpages include reports, craft ideas, teaching materials, a quiz, and much more. Many of the photos in this section came from the Native American Student Museum. Continue Reading

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Teaching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Teaching Activities

Who doesn’t love Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? With likable characters, magical events, scary moments, and humor, the novel is a hit. In fact, it has sold over 120 million copies making it one of the best sellers of all time!


Shortly before Harry’s eleventh birthday, letters begin flooding into the Dursley’s home addressed to Harry. Mr. Dursley does everything he can to keep Harry from getting one of the letters. He even takes his family and flees to a secluded island on the eve of Harry’s eleventh birthday. At midnight, someone bangs on the door. Hagrid enters and personally gives Harry a letter. The letter is an invitation for Harry to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Continue Reading

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Teaching with Animated Shorts Coin Operated

Teaching Reading and Writing with Animated Short Films - FREE Activities

The animated short Coin Operated spans 70 years in a man’s life in which he never gives up his dream to fly to the moon.

Coin Operated Story

A young boy wearing an astronaut’s helmet and jet pack on his back plays with his toy rocket ship as he and his mother walk down the street. The boy spots a coin operated rocket ship ride in front of the grocery store. The boy’s eyes widen with anticipation. His mother tries to pull him away, but the boy pulls out his own nickel, and his mom relents. Continue Reading

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