I recently attended the annual TCEA Convention in Austin, Texas. I was blessed to be able to present a session on using Google Sheets to spark creativity in students. The presentation in Google Slides is shown below.
During the course of preparing for that presentation, I discovered some great resources from Alice Keeler and Eric Curts. When I returned from the convention, I assigned my fourth grade students an activity that uses matching google sheets vocabulary terms with a certain color to reveal a hidden message. That activity can be found by clicking here. (It will make a copy.)
Here is what it looks like:
Keying off of the math spreadsheet created by Eric Curts, I then assigned an activity that reviews the definition of certain types of quadrilaterals along with figuring the area and perimeter. Due to an astute observation from a student, I realized I could use conditional formatting to make the answer boxes self correcting. The spreadsheet I assigned can be found by clicking here. (It will force you to make a copy). I included a tab at the end where they could create their own pixel art. I was totally blown away by not only their excitement and engagement, but by their incredible creativity. The slideshow below features their creations.