E. B. (6th grader), Santa Claus, 2016
So, during the last week before break, I gave my students a couple of choices. They could work on coding, on typing practice, or create something (school appropriate) on Google Drawing. My one student, E.B., completely blew me away. He is not a student who is usually focused. But, this time, he was. I was so amazed and shocked at what he came up with! I did not help him one bit – he took his time, worked hard, and created this amazing image! I printed it out for him in color to give to his mom for Christmas. I mean, how could I not! This was truly a success from my Google Drawing lesson.
So I came upon a lesson from teacherspayteachers.com for Google drawing. I really liked this lesson because it incorporated the winter theme without specifically stating that students must create something Christmas-y (I avoid that as much as I can). I came across Computer Elementary Activities , which I really liked as they had a nice snowman, and directions on how to have students draw it. For my students, because I know their listening levels (basically 0), I instead put the important directions on the board and allowed students a bit of creativity with it. I was actually surprised by how many of my students enjoyed it! I did this with 6th grade to start. Several of my students, who are normally not the best in my class, did exceptionally well! I asked that if they wouldn’t mind if I could have a link to them to keep them, as I was just that impressed. Here are some examples. I highly recommend this lesson, especially as it gets closer to winter break and kids get antsy!