Google Forms in the Classroom to Give Instructions

use google forms to give step-by-step instructionsHere is a fast, simple way to use Google Forms in the classroom. Do you have a student who gets overwhelmed by long assignments? Maybe all your students do! Google Forms provides a great way to break assignments down, step by step.

Also works great for teaching a whole lesson digitally!


To learn the basics of using Google Forms in the classroom, scroll to the last section of this tutorial!

BONUS: Free Google Forms template available at the bottom of the post! Fully editable for use in your own classroom!

Start with your title, and ask students to enter their first, and then last names. This will make sorting students alphabetically much easier – which will make loading grades into the grade book faster! More on that later…

Google Forms to make Lessons

For each step of the instructions, make a separate section by clicking on the symbol that looks like two parallel lines.

In this new section, type out all the directions and questions for the first step. Then click the double bar symbol again to make another section for the second step.

Google Forms to make Lessons

Students will only see one section at a time, with a ‘next’ button to lead to the next section. They also have the option of going ‘back’ to a previous section if they need to.

This is what the students will see!

Student View Google Forms in the classroom- to make Lessons

***Teaching Tip!*** Always check to be sure your Google Form is working properly BEFORE using it in the classroom. Do this by using the “view” button at the top (looks like an eye). Go though the whole thing just like you were a student. I have found SO many mistakes this way and saved myself a lot of trouble!

This is a great way to give instructions so that you know your students get just one bit at a time and can’t get lost or miss something. 

Plus, within a section, along with the instructions, you can add images by clicking the “image” icon to the right (looks like a mountain).

Or embed videos with the icon that looks like a square with a triangle in it.

I also like to add questions that go along with each step, so I know they are mentally tracking along with what they are supposed to be doing!

Google forms in the Classroom to give instructions

Click here to learn how to use Google Forms in the classroom to easily collect documents from your students, or links to their digital work!

Sharing the Google Form with your Students

Click the ‘send’ button at the top. From here you can email the form to your students.

But there are many other options!

  • Link directly into your Google Classroom if you have one
  • Add the link to your website
  • Send a Remind101 with the link included
  • Copy the link address, go to, make a tiny url and put up in the front of the classroom for students to seeGoogle Forms to make Lessons - share with students

Getting your Students’ Results

Once students submit their Google Form, you can see their work by clicking the ‘Results’ tab at the top.  Even better, click the green square near the top and open a Google Sheets with all of your student’s work in one place!

Google Forms to make Lessons Student Work

Inside the spreadsheet, you can organize your students alphabetically by first or last name. Click on the column, then choose “sort A–>Z”. My grade book is in alphabetical order by last name – so I order my students this way and can put their grades in quickly!

Google Forms to make Lessons Sort Student Results


Google Forms In the Classroom: Basics

To change the settings on a Google Form, click the settings button at the top right (looks like a cog). Then select ‘Quizzes’ and ‘make a quiz’.

Google Forms to make Lessons Basics

Now you have a few options. Your students can get their scores back right away, or you can hold them and grade them before sending them back. If you choose to wait, the Google Form will automatically add a ‘collect email addresses’ question at the beginning.

Add a question by clicking the plus button. You have many question formats to choose from!

Google Forms to make Lessons - make a question

Once the question is made, you can select the correct answer by clicking ‘answer key’ below the question. You can also add answer feedback, which will automatically be provided to students once they get their scores.

Google Forms to make Lessons - select the right answer

To add individual feedback to your students’ answers, click on the ‘Results’, then choose ‘Individual’. There you can see the answers for each student. Click the ‘Add Individual Feedback’ button under the questions to send personal feedback to just that student.

Google Forms to make Lessons Feedback

To send this back to your student, click the ‘Release Score’ button at the top of their individual form. They will receive an email with their score and any feedback or comments you made.

Click here to learn how to use Google Form to easily collect documents from your students, or links to their digital work!

Click here to get a FREE template so that you can start making your own Google Form!

Free Google Form Template for your own classroom lesson.
Free Google Form Template for your own classroom lesson.

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