Creating Interactive Charts with Google Docs

Each year I've been working to go a bit more paperless in my classroom. Most recently, I've started building interactive charts for our word study (we use Jen Bengel's Interactive Spelling Curriculum and we LOVE it). Initially, I was keeping our words on large chart paper each week, but it was hard for all of my fourth graders to see the charts when they were building them in their spelling notebooks.

Luckily, it is very easy to make clean, eye-catching charts in Google Docs. These charts can then be projected for the whole class to see (we are fortunate to have a classroom TV for this purpose...more to come on this soon).

 Would you like to try? Please see the steps below...

Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

I love making printables for my students in math...but setting up number lines and fractions? Not so much. It can be SO time-consuming to line up all those little textboxes. Since a great deal of our school year involves number lines and fractions, I wanted to find a way to set them up more quickly. 

So I turned to tables! 

Using Precise Colors in PowerPoint

I learned a new trick today that is going to be very helpful in designing printables in PowerPoint, so I wanted to share it with you!

Have you ever used the eyedropper or magnifying glass tool to get the perfect text color in your PowerPoint?

Quick Tips for Back to School (A Quick Giveaway!)

Our students don't start back until September 6th this year, but I am definitely feeling the crunch to get things done. And I'm pretty sure everyone is feeling that same crunch right now, whether you are back in class or working hard to get your room set up for a new year. So I'm very excited to share this news with you...and it's going to be QUICK to save you some precious minutes this weekend! I am teaming up with some of my friends to share some quick tips for the new school year, as well as a chance to win a $25 gift card to TpT (just in time for the big, one day sitewide sale on Monday!).

Color Code and Organize Your Google Drive

Color Code and Organize Your Google Drive
It seems like I rely more and more on my Google Drive each year of my teaching. I upload my favorite resources to folders, create docs for my students to use in Google Classroom, store maps for Social Studies, upload photos of our Science experiments...there is just so much you can do with the drive. And I really love how easy it is to organize your files.

But, truth be told, I was never a big fan of the layout and colors. 

A sea of gray folders is never really helpful when you are a busy teacher trying to find docs on the fly. And, while you can colorize the folders, there is only so much control over the order they can be displayed.

Or is there?

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