Worksheets are definitely the backbone to students learning and
grasping concepts taught by the teacher. Making your own worksheets
is easy, and it allows you to include just the right material
that you want to be sure your students can learn and commit to
memory. Here are instructions on how to make worksheets in five
The first thing you need to do is know the information that you
want to include on your worksheet. Make yourself an outline of
what you want included. You must then decide how you want to present
the questions or puzzles to the students. Do you want to make
it a word search puzzle with a secret message at the bottom of
the worksheet to reinforce a lesson concept? Do you want it to
be a multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank worksheet whereas students
need to use their textbooks in order to answer the questions correctly?
Next, you need to design your worksheet on paper. To do this,
you can use the word processing program on your computer, such
as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher, or you may opt to use
a worksheet generator that you can find on the Internet. There
are many places where you can worksheet generators, such as at
Teachnology. If you opt to use your own word processing program,
then you have to be sure to set your margins correctly so that
you are able to fit all of the material onto the worksheet. Choose
a font that is easy for kids to read. Make sure that the colors
you choose will show up nicely on a printed version of the worksheet.
Sometimes yellows or purples can come out light, even though they
look okay on your computer monitor.
Now is the time to add some clipart images to your worksheets
to give them some personality. You can find tons of clipart on
the Internet, but you have to be sure to check out each site's
policies before just using any clipart. Perhaps your school already
has a license with a clipart company that allows them to use clipart
on school documents. Check with the school secretary to see if
this is something you can use on your worksheets. Simple copy
and paste the images onto your worksheet where you would like
them to go.
Take a look at the worksheet that you prepared on your computer
screen. Make sure you have included everything that you want.
Now take a look at the worksheet in a "print preview" window.
This window shows you exactly what will print. You will want to
do this to make sure that everything you put on the worksheet
will print out okay. This is an especially important step, if
you have adjusted margins in any way. Once you have previewed
how it will print, you can either make some adjustments (reducing
font size, reducing clipart size, etc.) or just go ahead and print
out the worksheet.
Of course, you will need to make multiple copies of the worksheet for your
students. Consider printing one copy of the worksheet at home
or in your classroom, and using the color copier in your school
office, if one is available. If your worksheet has a lot of color
on it, then it will use up your printer ink pretty quickly. If
your school does not have a color copier, then consider taking
the worksheet to a quick copy place like Kinkos or Office Max
to run the copies for you. This won't cost you an arm and a leg,
and your copies will be done quickly and easily.