ALEX Learning Activity


Words, Words, Words - Spelling Practice Gone Digital With Google Drawing

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Charissa Smith
System:Alabama Department of Education
School:Alabama Department of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1931
Words, Words, Words - Spelling Practice Gone Digital With Google Drawing
Digital Tool/Resource:
Google Drawings
Web Address – URL:

Google Drawings is a tool that allows students to be creative in sharing what they know. Students will use Google Drawings to create a word cloud of words chosen by the teacher. These words will come from sight words and spelling words that follow a phonetic pattern. It is available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.1.2]

a. Capitalize dates and names of people. [L.1.2a]

b. Use end punctuation for sentences. [L.1.2b]

c. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series. [L.1.2c]

d. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words. [L.1.2d]

e. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions. [L.1.2e]

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 1
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • will type and edit letters, words, and simple sentences correctly.
  • will use a digital tool to draw a simple picture.
  • will insert, move, and size a digital image.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • image
  • cursor
Students know:
  • how to type letters, words, and simple sentences.
  • how to delete letters, words, and simple sentences.
  • place the cursor where they need to delete or add.
  • how to draw a simple picture digitally.
  • insert, move, and size an image.
Students are able to:
  • type, review, and edit typed text.
  • create a simple drawing using digital tools.
  • select, size, and place images.
Students understand that:
  • an artifact they create using digital text, images, and drawings can be used to convey ideas and information.
  • because the artifacts are digital, they can be edited and revised easily.
Learning Objectives:

The students will create and revise an authentic artifact to demonstrate learning.

The students will use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and frequently occurring irregular words.


  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  1. The student will navigate to Google Drawings using a digital device.
  2. The student will change the name of the document to their name.

  3. The student will click on shapes and choose a shape. They will click on a shape, click on the drawing board to create the shape.  

  4. The student will double click in the shape to type a word.  

  5. The student will repeat this process until all the words are used.

  6. Students can be creative and change the color of the words and shapes as well as the size and font.


Assessment Strategies:

The teacher will assess if the words are spelled correctly. The teacher will observe the students' production of multimedia using a digital tool.

Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to prepare a list of words for students to use in this activity. The words can be given to students visually or orally. The teacher will need to decide ahead of time how students will navigate to Google Drawings (i.e., web link from the class website, QR code, bookmark, or typing into the browser). Students must have a Google account set up prior to using Google Drawings.

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