Have Some Winter Fun with These VERY COOL Google Lessons by Eric Curts

Build a SnowmanUsing Google Slides, students can easily create an awesome snowman and then write about it.

Check out the complete instructions here, or use the templates below and explore!  (You may need to open the template and make a copy, then share that copy with students).

Build a Snowman Template

Build a Snowman Template 2 (Snowman doesn’t move, may be easier for younger students)


Wintertime Magnetic Poetry–  Just share this Google drawing link with your students so they can drag and drop the “magnetic” words to create winter wonderland poetry (just like we used to do on the fridge!).  View the complete instructions here, or just the explore the template- Wintertime Magnetic Poetry Template Link  (You may need to open the template and make a copy, then share that copy with students).

How To Force A Copy on Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drawings

Sometimes, you may just want to quickly share a file with the class (maybe a template or a chart?) and make sure each student has their own copy.  So you send out the link and ask the students to go to File –> Make a Copy, but inevitably there’s always a few who miss that step and then suddenly you have several students editing the original file!

You can prevent all of that with this easy trick to force all users to make a copy of the Google Doc, Slide, Sheet, or Drawing before they access it (and it will automatically be saved to their Drive!). These directions will show you how to do that in just 6 steps~

How To Force a Copy in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets or Drawings

You could also do this by creating an assignment through Google Classroom (and make a copy for each student), but this tip is perfect for those time that you don’t want to go through Google Classroom and you just need a quick way to get the job done!

Create a Looping Slideshow with Google Slides

If you’d like to make a looping slideshow with Google Slides (perhaps to show student work or class projects), check out these step by step directions below.

Note:  It’s VERY important that you follow the step about how to make the slideshow accessible only to OUESD.  It’s not enough to just “Publish to the Web”, we must also make it accessible only to our domain.  Thanks for keeping our students safe!)

How to Make a Looping Slideshow with Google Slides