Virtual Backpack Templates for Elementary Students
Are your elementary students disappointed in not getting to pick out a backpack this year due to distance learning? Having a backpack teaches kids about respect for personal space and the responsibility of looking after their own possessions. It’s also a safe space for them to express their individuality and creativity. Additionally, elementary students learn how to organize their books, notebooks, and binders. Why not begin the school year by designing a virtual backpack so students can start the year off right?
These hand-drawn digital backpack templates include 189 moveable graphics for your students to design their own unique digital space. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document for students. Teacher directions are also given in the PDF download.
Organize your students lesson materials into one digital space and have them ready to go. Schools will likely start requiring teachers to not only have in-person lessons ready, but plans in place for at home learning. Help your students feel prepared and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
- NOTE: For personal, classroom use only. Not for commercial use.
- REMINDER: Each license is for one user only. Please inquire about purchasing team and district licenses.
Video Preview of Virtual Backpack Templates
How to Use These Virtual Backpack Templates
There are few ways you can use this resource. I would consider your unique situation to determine which works best for you. Additionally, you can try it one way this year and another way next year as you gain confidence in your technology abilities.
School-wide Virtual Backpack
First, it can be a great visual for your school’s virtual backpack posted on the school website. I’ve added 15 icons that you can use to link to including icons for alerts, important events, transportation, bell schedule, and the nurse. In addition, I would add these in before assigning the project to students for their ease of use.
All About Me Project Idea
Secondly, it can simply be a wonderful “All About Me” activity for the first day of school. You can use it as an opportunity to get to know your students likes and dislikes. Additionally, the space can be used primarily by students to express their individuality by adding new stickers, images, etc. from their own Drive.
Moreover, students can even share their designs with one another in the same way they would if they were inside their own school building. One idea might be to do a virtual backpack gallery walk with your class via a Zoom meeting. In this format, you may choose to skip using the binders altogether with.
Another more practical way would be to use the templates as a hub for all their assignments. In this scenario, students will decorate the backpack and binders. Then, they can link the binders to the same colored binder page further down in the document. Essentially, making a hyperlink to it so they can access it quickly. This will be a big timesaver as they add to their binders!
Students can use the college-lined or elementary writing paper pages in the binders to make a running list of their assignments and other “to do’s.” Then, they can link to assignments in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. right from a page in their binder.
Additionally, you can assign a writing piece that could be typed out on those same writing pages. This would help students who have difficulty keeping track of things. With everything in one place, they’ll have a better chance at being successful in this virtual learning format.
Pre-formatted text boxes with the correct spacing have already been designed for students ease of use. Just keep in mind these binder pages are designed to be 100% virtual. The pages were formatted on an 11” square slide and therefore won’t print out on standard printing paper and fill the page as you’re normally accustomed to.
Overview of Creating Digital Backpacks
First, your students will select a backpack color. There are 12 different colors to choose from. Next, they will delete all the other backpacks they’re not using and decorate the one they decided to keep. They can include stickers, pin-back buttons, and lanyards. There are many different color and design options to choose from. Also, students can personalize their backpack by writing their name on it using a text box.
Lastly, they will label and decorate the front covers of their binders. They can use the stickers to spice them up. This is also where they can link to assignments they’ve completed. This will help them keep track of their virtual assignments. Moreover, I recommend copying as many slides of writing paper as you think a student might need prior to assigning it.
Why Use Google Slides for Virtual Backpacks?
- FAMILIARITY: A lot of the features of Google Slides are similar to PowerPoint and will get your student’s digital backpacks up super quick. No need to edit a PowerPoint and figure out how to upload it to Slides.
- USER-FRIENDLY: Students are likely already familiar with storing files in Google Drive.
- INSANT SAVE AS: All changes in Google Slides are instantly saved in Google Drive. Ever accidentally close down an app or other online software and changes weren’t saved? Eliminate the frustration and disappointment of lost presentations!
- ACCESSIBILITY: Parents, students, and admins can use an iPad, desktop or laptop computer, and even a Chrome book to access your virtual backpacks to view assignments.
- SHAREABILITY: Simply share student digital backpacks the same way you’ve been sharing assignments with students via Google Drive or Google Classroom.
The download contains a five-page PDF with directions on how to access the virtual classroom backpack templates. I’ve included step-by-step picture directions for some basics like copy/pasting graphics, adding text boxes, rotating and ordering images, and linking. The linking section talks about linking from one slide to another as well as linking to outside content. I think it’s important that you understand how to use some of the basic of Google Slides so you can be successful.
And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF (Teacher directions with step-by-step pictures on how to use some of the features on Google Slides; student directions are in the Google Slides doc)
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the virtual school locker templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 48 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of backpacks and binders (front cover and inside with lined paper) which are inserted into the background. This is done intentionally so students don’t move the background while trying to work with the moveable pieces.
- 189 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their backpack and binders. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- Each template page is designed on roughly 11″ square slides. As such, they are not meant to print out on 8.5×11″ paper.
Frequently Asked Questions for Virtual Backpacks Templates
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. I give directions on the last page of the PDF.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? No. Because of the method I show you, students will receive an interactive web link they can see regardless if they have their own Google account.
- Can I use these virtual backpack templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can I add/remove graphics/slides from the deck? You sure can! I recommend crafting this resource to fit your own needs. Some teachers are even having students add their own Bitmoji to them.
- How do I get the virtual backpack templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Click through to my help page to find the links.
- Can I add my own links to Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc.? Yes! As a result, I’ve included step-by-step picture instructions on how to use all the basics of Google Slides so you can feel successful using and sharing it with your students.