Open Mind Interactive Slides

I’ve been working on a presentation on reading strategies and updated my “Open Mind” Template for Google Slides.  An “Open Mind” activity is pretty simple.  Students insert words or images into the mind of a character or person they’ve been reading about.  (For example for Romeo Montague a student could put a heart and say that Romeo is in love.)  This works particularly well for language learners because they can insert an image and then talk about why they chose that image.  Since it’s a Google slide, you could also have students do it collaboratively- two working on it at the same time or even put several in a slide deck and ask students to fill in for different characters and then students could guess which character was which or explain to each other why they think those particular images were chosen. Students can justify their answer in the speaker notes portion of the slides.

I’ve included two templates in the slide deck.  One is a basic open mind and the second is a “says, does, and thinks” where students separate out what the character says, does and thinks.  I also like this one for language learners because it gives them practice using structures like “he thinks that…” “she says that…”  If you were working on the subjunctive you could also use for wants and wishes.  So much fun!

Click on the photos to make a copy of the Open Mind Template.

open mind
Blank open mind
Thinks, says, does Open Mind
Thinks, Says, Does Open Mind


Fake Facebook Interactive Slide

I’m working on a workshop on reading strategies and thought I’d share my “Facebook” Google Slides page.  It’s in French.  Since I’m not on Facebook, I did a web search for what the French terms were. It’s two “pages” and the yellow boxes were meant to be where the students fill in.

How can you use this?  The ideas are limitless!  I use it for an assessment to talk about themselves and their friends.  If you’re reading a book or watching a movie you can have the students fill in for a character and his/her friends.  Imagine Gatsby’s Facebook page!

Fake Facebook page using Google Slides (You’ll be prompted to make a copy.)

"Facebook" Google slide

"Facebook" page

Prepositions Slide deck

I love Google Slides because you can use it as a whiteboard and the whole class can participate.  (Read: never again spend hours copying, cutting and sorting only to have someone lose one card and not be able to fully participate.  Oh wait, students can’t lose these because they’ll be saved in the Google!)

I use this Slide deck to practice prepositions.  If I’d had time, I would have had students write about their rooms and their partner’s room.  They can write directly in their Slide decks.

For the Win


Click on the link and the slide deck will force you to make a copy.  Share in Google Classroom as “make a copy for each student.”  And talk, read and write.

Room Preposition Slide deck