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Pick Your Own Ending Story

  • Do you want a unique creative writing activity?
  • Do you have reluctant writers who need inspiration?
  • Do you need to integrate technology with language arts?

Forms is the answer! Whether you’re using Microsoft Forms or Google Forms, writing a pick your own ending story is a fun lesson that combines computer skills and the writing process in a way that’s sure to excite your students.

To start, students compose a scenario. They could win a prize, go on a trip, hear a noise, or any situation that intrigues a reader. Next, two choices are given for what might happen: choose the red prize box or the blue one, go to the zoo or the beach, or go to investigate or run away. Using Forms, students offer the options. Then they use the feedback option to tell the reader the consequences of their choice.

Sample:

My friend told me not to go.
I wanted to find out what was in the abandoned building at the end of the road. Everyone said it was haunted. I walked up to the front door. The lock was broken.

What do you do?

  • Push the door open and go inside.
  • Walk away quickly.
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Use Forms to make a pick your own ending story.

How to Write a Pick Your Own Ending Story Using Forms

  1. Sign in to Google Drive, pick Google Forms, and in Settings, pick QUIZZES and select Make this a quiz. Remove the checkmarks for Missed questions, Correct answers, and Point values.
    OR
    Sign in to Office Online and pick a Forms quiz. In Settings, select Anyone with the link can respond. In the Options for Responses area, select Accept responses.
  2. Add a story title, such as An Unforgettable Day.
  3. In Form description, type the instructions such as Pick a story ending.
  4. Add a section to write the story action. Write the first sentence to grab the reader’s attention. For example, My boring day was about to change.
  5. In the Description, type the story using the first person, or “I” to place the reader in the story.
    • Where does the story take place?
    • Is there someone with the main character? Who?
    • What is happening?
    • What causes the character to make a choice?
    • For example: I was sitting on my porch doing nothing, when I saw a bright flash at the school. I jumped on my bike and rode to get a closer look. I could hear a buzzing sound.

  6. Design a multiple-choice question that gives the reader two choices. Replace Question with What do you do?
  7. Add two options. For example:
    • I grabbed my phone and called for help.
    • I walked towards the sound.
  8. Use feedback to write the story ending. For one answer, type an ending.
    For example: The police and I went inside the school. A science fair project in the gym was shaking. Diamonds were everywhere! A fifth grader had turned gravel into gems!
    For the other answer, type an ending.
    For example: I saw an alien standing beside a tiny ship. It had two heads with giant fangs. Oh no!
  9. Add a picture, theme, or heading to enhance the story.
  10. Preview the story and try both options. Then share it with your friends.

See a sample using Microsoft Forms.

See a sample using Google Forms.

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Make a trivia quiz with TechnoTrivia for Google or Microsoft Forms.

This activity is from TechnoTrivia, available from TechnoKids for both Google Apps and Microsoft Online. Hook your students with a project that integrates technology into curriculum or just make a fun trivia quiz based on a personal interest. Order online and you will receive a Teacher Guide, Student Workbook, sample quizzes to stimulate creativity, assessment tools, parent letter, certificate, and flashcards.

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Google Forms Lessons – TechnoQuestionnaire

Christa’s Top TechnoKids Pick

It was my turn to choose a favorite TechnoKids technology project this month. After lots of waffling, I finally settled on TechnoQuestionnaire, a technology project with Google Forms lessons ideal for Grades 6-12.

It was very difficult for me to pick only one. I love each technology project that TechnoKids publishes for different reasons. For example, I like the creative spark that ignites when students complete TechnoToon. The graphic stories always look fantastic when they are finished. TechnoToon is a top selling TechnoKids project, but it is not my top pick.

Another technology project that I love is TechnoBudget. The shopping spree concept is something that engages students. The activities make spreadsheets easy to understand and fun to use. TechnoBudget is a favorite of many teachers, but it is still not my top pick.

Combine Inquiry Based Learning with Google Forms

Why pick TechnoQuestionnaire? The quick answer is I love how Google Forms can be used to create meaningful learning experiences. I wish more teachers used Google Forms in their curriculum.

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Discover how Google Forms can be integrated into curriculum.

I know that many teachers are reluctant to use Google Forms, but it is one of my favorite web-based apps from Google. I like how easy it is to gather information. The variety of question types allows students to gather a range of information. In addition, the automatically generated report clearly summarizes the survey results. I like Google Forms so much that I designed a second technology project, TechnoTrivia, for elementary teachers.

One of the things I like the most about TechnoQuestionnaire is that it uses a real-world problem-solving model. The technology project applies an inquiry-based approach to learning. In the lessons, students learn how to select a research question and design a questionnaire to collect data. Afterwards, they explore data analysis techniques to interpret the findings. TechnoQuestionnaire has activities that offer a practical use of technology. The skills that students learn can be transferred to new situations.

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Google Forms Lessons Make Learning Meaningful

Have Students Become Researchers

I remember being part of the curriculum development team in charge of designing TechnoQuestionnaire a few years ago. In the beginning, I worked with several classes of Grade 7 and 8 students. I had two goals. I wanted students to understand the practical application of Google Forms. I also wanted to design a series of activities that middle and high school students would find interesting. I didn’t want them to be bored. Instead, I wanted them to appreciate the power of Google Forms and understand how they could use it in real life. It was fascinating to watch students become researchers.

When the unit came to an end, the curriculum development team created TechnoQuestionnaire. I like all the things that make it unique. I like the school spirit survey activity because it provides a concrete example of the purpose of a survey. I like the presentation of findings at the end of the project because it gives students an audience bigger than their teacher. I also like the pivot chart extension activity – because I like pivot charts.

Learn More About the Google Forms Lessons in TechnoQuestionnaire

TechnoQuestionnaire is a technology project best suited for middle and high school studnts. Check out my top pick!

Ideas for Using Google Forms Quizzes

Integrate Google Forms Quizzes into Learning

Did you know you can create quizzes using Google Forms that automatically calculate a score and report results? You can! Aside from making your own quizzes to test student knowledge, you can have students build their own trivia quizzes. Google Forms Quizzes is a feature that transforms any form into a quiz that includes a point value, answer key, and scoring system.

Making a quiz offers a fun way for students to develop critical thinking, improve information recall, and enhance communication skills. The theme of the trivia can be about a unit of study or based upon personal interest. Integrate the Quiz feature in Google Forms into language arts, mathematics, social studies, geography, history, science, art, music, health, or business studies.

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Integrate Building a Quiz into Learning

20 Teaching Ideas for Google Forms Quizzes

  1. Spelling Bee: Expand vocabulary. Host a competition that has participants identify the definition, find the misspelled word, or spell a term correctly.
  2. Reading Response: Form a connection to text. Respond to a novel or short story. Design a quiz that has readers match a character to a statement, describe the setting, or determine the significance of an event.
  3. Grammar Exercise: Practice grammar skills. Create an activity that challenges classmates to punctuate a sentence, recognize parts of speech, or pick the correct homonym.
  4. Pick Your Own Ending Story: Transform the quiz feature into a short story that has readers pick what happens next. The decision affects the ending.
  5. Drill and Practice: Master basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division facts. Produce a simple worksheet that has quiz takers choose the correct answer or complete an equation.
  6. Brainteaser: Boost reasoning. Construct a brainteaser with word problems or puzzles that test a person’s wit.
  7. Unit Study Guide: Prepare for an upcoming test. Develop a study tool that focuses on the meaning of keywords, recall of essential facts, and the importance of key concepts.
  8. Wacky New Stories: Explore current events. Questions include sensational headlines with information about the news story. Quiz takers must determine if they are true or false.
  9. Civic Pride Contest: Celebrate your country. Invent questions that has fellow citizens label capital cities, finish the national anthem, or select famous places.
  10. Where in the World? Showcase a place. Use map outlines, flags, tourist attractions, and tidbits of information to explore the importance of a location.
  11. Local Legend Quiz: Appreciate your hometown. Invite community members to answer trivia about local sports teams, current events, sites, or personalities.
  12. Who am I? Riddles: Acknowledge significant people and their contributions. Generate riddles using famous quotes, photos, or achievements to provide clues to their identity.
  13. Historical Timeline: Determine the importance of events. Invent a quiz that has history buffs identify dates, sequence events, and pinpoint the cause or effect of an incident.
  14. Research Review: Gain a deeper understanding of scientific concepts. Create a review to help fellow classmates recall experimental steps, results, and meaning of findings.
  15. Art Crawl: Appreciate art. Design a gallery walk that includes questions about famous painters, paintings, and techniques.
  16. Name that Tune: Host a music tournament. Test competitors’ ability to select the correct song line, title, or artist.
  17. Fun Fitness Facts: Challenge fitness fanatics. Ask questions about building strength, muscle anatomy, or improving skills.
  18. Business Marketing: Many companies use quizzes to connect with customers. For example, a gym might post a quiz about health on their blog or a travel agency about a destination on their website. Pretend to be a business owner. Design a quiz related to a product or service.
  19. Battle of the Brains: Design a trivia game that collects the name and email address of participants. Analyze results to declare a winner.
  20. Trivia Game: Collaborate to invent a game to entertain your friends. Select team members with unique areas of knowledge. Divide quiz into categories using sections. Each team member creates questions for their specific category based on their specialized expertise.
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Teaching Ideas for Building a Trivia Quiz

Google Forms Quizzes and TechnoTrivia

Do you want to learn how to build a quiz? TechnoTrivia is a project developed by TechnoKids Inc. that includes step-by-step instructions. Activities have students formulate questions, create an answer key, and customize quiz settings. Learn more about TechnoTrivia.

Google Forms Quiz NEW! TechnoTrivia

Learn How to Make a Quiz in Google Forms

Use TechnoTrivia activities to make a quiz in Google Forms. Elementary and middle school students create a trivia game. They formulate questions to test friends’ knowledge about a topic. By setting the answer key an automated system calculates points and sends quiz results.

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Learn how to make a quiz in Google Forms

Make Learning Fun

TechnoTrivia includes extension activities. Challenge your students to host a Battle of the Brains, team up to build a Trivia Game, or make a Pick your Own Ending story. As well, additional activities explain how to include a video or manually mark a short answer question. Discover how creative your students can be when using Google Forms!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Integrate Google Forms into learning. The theme of the trivia can be about a unit of study or based upon personal interest. Your students will:

  • Plan and organize ideas
  • Formulate thought-provoking questions
  • Research to fact-check information
  • Build a trivia quiz and set the answer key
  • Set a suitable point value for questions
  • Provide feedback with helpful information
  • Automatically calculate point score
  • Host a trivia event and invite respondents
  • Analyze trivia quiz responses

View a Sample Quiz Made in Google Forms

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Take the Wacky Animal Quiz

In TechnoTrivia your students learn how to formulate questions, create an answer key, and customize quiz settings. They ask a range of question types including multiple choice, checkboxes, and dropdown. A point value is applied to each question. The value can be the same for each question or increase based on the difficulty level. Feedback is added for incorrect and correct answers to offer quiz takers encouragement or additional information. Students learn how to set the quiz to automatically calculate a score and report the results.

About TechnoTrivia Technology Project

When you order TechnoTrivia, you receive a teacher guide, digital student worksheets, and customizable resources. Additional materials such as sample quizzes, assessment tools, and enrichment activities support learning. The activities are ideal for elementary or middle school students.