If you’ve ever been to my blog or Instagram page, you know I love using Google Forms! There are so many ways to use Google Forms in education, and your primary classroom is no exception. Here are ways to use Google Forms in the primary classroom!
Social-emotional learning is one of the most important aspects of any grade level, but it’s especially important in primary grades. Give your students a simple Google Form where they explain or show how they feel each morning. Use symbols like a sad face, straight face, smiley face, and angry face. Your students can visually mark how they are feeling. In addition, you can have a place where students can share any other information (positive or negative) about their day.
You can quickly look at the Google Form responses via Google Sheets to see which students need to talk to you or some extra support. Share this link via Google Classroom to have it accessible for students learning from home and school.
At the end of a lesson, you may want to quickly gauge initial learning and find out what questions your students have. Create a Google Form with one or two questions to answer after a lesson. This will tell you if the students understood the concepts and ideas you addressed in the lesson. Also, you can leave room for additional questions for your students to ask. Instead of asking, “Do you have any questions?” try “What questions do you have?”. Students feel invited to ask questions.
You’ll see the responses via Google Sheets or view graphs on Google Forms to show you the percentage of students understanding the lesson.
Google Forms is the ultimate go-to for both formative and summative assessments. Here are some awesome ways to use Google Forms for assessing student understanding.
- Pre-tests: Give your students initial checks for understanding to see what they know before you teach the lesson. Pre-tests are a great way to plan differentiated lessons and see which students have already met the standards. Once you give a pre-test, you’ll know who needs remediation, extension or challenge activities, and which students are on grade-level ready to learn the lesson you’ve created.
- Comprehension Quizzes: Share some stories, book chapters, or nonfiction reading passages with your students. After they read, have them complete a Google Form answering questions about the reading. Google Forms give you so many options for types of questions, so your quiz could have multiple choice, short answer, paragraph, and even multimedia questions. I love to use these phonics reading passages or the print-and-go reading passages with my students. Add the questions to a Google Form to auto-grade and get the results you need to measure reading comprehension for your students.
- Unit Tests: Gone are the days of grading tests by hand. Create a Google Form quiz, make an answer key, and let Google do the work! Whether you are teaching a social studies unit or a math concept, using Google Forms for a final assessment will save you time. The data from the assessment will also help you know what you need to reteach!
Start using Google Forms in the primary classroom this year. Google Forms will save you so much time! From check-ins to assessments, Forms gives you the data you need to help your students.