Kick off the new school year with lessons from our Back to School 2021 collection to help students express themselves, build relationships, and stay organized.

1. Introduction to Show Appreciation with Google Slides

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When someone shows you kindness or does something thoughtful that benefits you or your community, you might want to express appreciation and thanks. Taking the time to show gratitude makes others in your school and community feel good. Showing appreciation can make *you* feel good, too! One way to show appreciation is to make a thank-you card. You could write a thank-you note on a paper card and send it in the mail.

Or, you can make your card in a digital presentation that you can email or print.

With a slideshow, you can express your thanks one phrase or sentence at a time. As the slides advance, your message unfolds and surprises your audience, like opening a greeting card.

In this lesson, you will create a digital card to express appreciation for a person who has done something positive for you, your school, or your community. You will write your appreciation messages across multiple slides to create an interactive card that plays as the slideshow advances.

You will add text and images to your slideshow to make it creative and fun and to personalize your digital card for a person, event, or occasion.

You can choose who you want to thank, or your teacher may assign you someone. You might say thank you to a: Teacher, Coach, Or friend.

You can show appreciation for anything or anyone you choose. For example, you might thank a local store that sponsored your music program, or parents and community members for supporting a school fundraiser. You might make a digital card for a holiday, cultural celebration, or a school event like graduation or Teacher Appreciation Week. You could even show appreciation for a historical figure or fictional character you are learning about. This lesson uses Google Slides, but you could build your thank-you card using any presentation application.

As you create your digital thank-you card in Google Slides, you will: Add slides to a presentation, Add text to your slides, Preview your presentation, And digitally share your slideshow with the recipient by publishing it online or emailing a link.

To complete this activity, you must first sign in to your Google account.

Open a new tab in your browser, and sign in. If you don’t have a Google account, create one now.

Then, open Google Drive.

Create a new, blank presentation in Google Slides.

Give your presentation a name.

Then, move on to the next video to choose who you’d like to thank. Now, it’s your turn: Sign into your Google account, Create a new Google Slides presentation, And name your presentation.


  1. Sign into your Google account.
  2. Create a new Google Slides presentation.
  3. Name your presentation.