Website Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I am linking up with Jivey for Website Wednesday :)

I am sure many of your districts have started to implement Google Drive. One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Drawing. Simply set up an interactive worksheet for your students to collaborate on. Here is an example:

3rd graders were brainstorming different examples of Characterization. I created a colorful web template and dropped the Google drawing link into student folders for them to pull up. Each student was assigned a colored box to type their ideas in. They love watching the "real time" work of their peers. When they each finish their assigned section, they have one big web to refer to! You can really tell who needs to work on their mechanics and spelling :)

Another way I have incorporated Google Drawing into reading instruction is having students in small groups work together to create a KWL chart about a topic they research. Here is one on water pollution:

Google Drawing can be used across any content area in a variety of creative ways! Have any of you tried this with your students?


  1. I have never heard of Google Drawing, Julie! I need to definitely check this out. I still don't know about all of the things Google has to offer. Right now I'm mad at Chrome because I did an update on my computer last night and now my homepage with all the apps has disappeared. I've been too lazy to Google it today to find out how to fix it...there is always tomorrow. :)
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    1. Hey Alison!

      You definitely need to check out Google Drawing!! It is pretty neat. You might be signed out of your Google account and that is why your apps are missing. Pull up Chrome and go to google.com. Look in the upper right hand corner and see if you are signed in (or if a different account is signed in) If you are not, click "Sign In" and your apps should then appear. Let me know if that wasn't the issue :)

  2. This looks really neat! Thanks for linking it up!
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  3. This is great! I do have a question or two. Do your students have their own google account or did you create folders in your account?

    1. Hey there! Some of the classes I work with have their own Google accounts; however, most do not at this point. I just dropped the link to these Google Docs into their classroom folder that is on the school server. That way they just click on the link and it takes them right there! You could do the same thing by posting the link on your class blog, website, Edmodo, Blackboard or whatever you use.