Sunday, September 4, 2022

Docs Rocks! 8 Engaging Activities for Google Docs

Google Docs is a wonderful word processor, but is much more than just that!

Although we can certainly use it to type up a report, take notes, or write an article, we can also get creative with the features and functions built into the program to make some fun learning activities.

Recently I did a video training webinar where I took a look at eight creative ways to use regular Google Docs features in new fun ways to practice and develop literacy skills. These include:

🟨 Highlighting for summarization
⬛ Creating blackout poetry
😀 Emojis for writing and summarizing
📘 Cloze reading activities
🐉 Making "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories
💡 Prewriting with embedded graphic organizers
✍️ Writing less to write better
⌨️ Generating punctuation practice

See below for the recorded training video, as well as resources, ideas, and templates for each of the activities.

▶️ Training Video (55 minutes)

🧰 Session Resources

🟨 Highlighting for Summarization

Description: In this activity students use the highlighter tool to black out any text that is not critical, leaving behind just the main ideas.


⬛ Creating Blackout Poetry

Description: In this activity students write poetry by using the highlighting tool to choose words they want to keep from a starting text, and then blacking out everything else.


😀 Emojis for Writing and Summarizing

Description: In this activity students use emojis in Google Docs to create summaries, write rebus stories, explore character emotions, and more.


📘 Cloze Reading Activities

Description: In this activity you can create a "Cloze Reading" activity in Google Docs using the dropdown chips feature.


🐉 Making "Choose Your Own Adventure" Stories

Description: In this activity students can create an interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" story in Google Docs using internal hyperlinks.


💡 Prewriting with Embedded Graphic Organizers

Description: In this activity students can use Google Drawings as graphic organizers embedded right into their Google Doc to brainstorm and plan when doing a writing project.


✍️ Writing Less to Write Better

Description: in this activity students use the word count tool to write within a character limit or word limit.

  • Blog post - "Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs" - Website link

⌨️ Generating Punctuation Practice

Description: In this activity you can create punctuation practices for students by using tools in Google Docs to remove capitalization and strip out all punctuation.


🏁 Conclusion

If you do any of these activities with your students, I would love to hear how they go, as well as see examples of the products they create. Also please feel free to share ideas you have for other ways to use Google Docs for activities. I would love to learn from you!

Post by Eric Curts
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