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Vocabulary Sort with Google Slides

Finding connections between items can be a critical thinking task. Try using Google Slides to have students move and arrange vocab words or ideas into groups and explain how they are related. Hack the Google Docs Add-on Seating Chart Slides by Schoolytics to easily create these interactive templates for students.

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Google Docs Add-on

Start by making a list of the vocabulary words or ideas into a Google Doc. Be sure to use the ENTER key to separate each vocabulary word. It is the pressing of the Enter key that creates a separate entry for this task.

Enter Key

Add-on Menu

Use the Add-on menu to choose “Seating Chart Slides by Schoolytics.” What this Add-on does is takes each paragraph (name, vocabulary word) in the Google Doc and creates a text box for each on a single slide in Google Slides.

Pop Up Google Slides

Make sure you have your pop-ups enabled. The Google Slides will open in a new tab. If you do not have pop-ups turned on, you will find the Slides in Google Drive.

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Google Slides Textboxes

Magically each word or paragraph will be in a textbox that is draggable.

Select All

Use Control A to select all of the textboxes. This will allow you to change the font type, color, fill color, etc…


This Add-on was sponsored by Schoolytics. I (Alice Keeler) personally coded this Add-on. I work part time as a high school math teacher and part time as a coder developer for Schoolytics.

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