In this post, you will learn how to make worksheets for your classroom or to sell!
Have you ever looked for a worksheet online and just can’t find exactly what you need? That used to happen ALL the time to me!
I would Google a topic and find tons of resources, but then I would spend time whiting out the parts I needed to change. I knew there had to be an easier way!
Did I mention we don’t have textbooks? That’s one of the many reasons I decided to start creating my own resources for my classroom.
After a lot of research, I learned how to use Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel to make 100% of the resources I needed for my classroom.
Below are the 6 steps I use to create my own teacher resources.
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Step 1. Choose Your Software
As I mentioned above, I use PowerPoint to make worksheets. If I need to insert a graph, I use Excel. I’ve tried making worksheets using Microsoft Word, and that was a nightmare. PowerPoint allows you to put text and graphics anywhere on the page. Much easier!
You may be thinking “Wait…PowerPoint? I’m not trying to make an old school slide presentation!” I thought the same thing at first. However, once you learn the ins and outs of PowerPoint, you can create any type of resource you need.
There are other software program options as well.
- Canva is useful for graphics and classroom posters.
- Acrobat Adobe allows you to edit PDF files.
- Google Docs allows you to make digital files that you can upload to the Internet.
Since I use PowerPoint and Excel exclusively, I will only refer to those in this blog post. Most teachers already have these programs, so you don’t have to buy extra software. If you don’t already have these programs, you can get Office 365 for free with your school email. This includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Step 2. Set Up Your Page
When you make worksheets, you want to start by setting up your page. I’m going to start with the very basics of setting up your PowerPoint document. If you are familiar with PowerPoint, you may be able to skip this step.
When you open PowerPoint, the page will look like this:
You will most likely want your page to be letter size (8.5″ by 11″), so you’ll need to change the page size. Click the “Design” tab at the top, then click “Slide Size” and “Page Setup…”
The page setup box allows you to change the page size and orientation (landscape or portrait).
Now your page should look like the picture below. Delete any text boxes by clicking on them and pressing delete.
Step 3. Add Name and Title
Once your page is setup, you will probably want to add a place for students to write their name and a title. To add a text box, click “Insert” then “Text Box”.
Click and drag your mouse to make a text box the size that you need. Then add text by typing.
Add another text box for the title of your resource. Your page should now look similar to the one below.
Step 4. Choose Your Fonts
If you want to make worksheets with cute fonts (who doesn’t?!), then you’ll need to download new fonts from an online resource. There are free fonts online at Urban Fonts, Dafont, and FontSpace.
My favorite fonts can be found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Some of my favorite font creators are:
There are free and paid fonts on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you ever plan to sell your resources on Teachers Pay Teachers or another site, make sure you buy a commercial license for the fonts. A personal license is fine if you plan to only use the resources in your classroom.
Once you download a font or font collection, you will need to install them. For PC users, you will install them via the “Fonts” folder in your control panel. For Mac users, you will install them via the Font Book application.
Creative Market is another great place for unique fonts!
Step 5. Choose Your Clipart and Borders
Clipart and borders are another way to make worksheets stand out.
Just like fonts, there are tons of clipart resources online. My favorite Teacher Pay Teacher clipart designers are:
When you download a clipart set, you can make a folder on your desktop titled “clipart”. I keep all of my clipart in that folder so I can easily access them while designing resources.
Make sure you buy the correct license if you ever plan to sell your resources. You will need a commercial license, not a personal license.
Once you have the clipart and borders you want, you can click and drag them to your PowerPoint page. You can also insert them by clicking “Insert”, “Picture”, “Picture from File”. If your clipart is on your desktop, it should be easy to find.
You can make your clipart bigger or smaller by clicking the clipart and dragging one of the corners.
Step 6. Add Your Copyright
Finally, you want to copyright your awesome resource! This step is especially important if you ever plan to sell your resources. You don’t want anyone taking credit for your hard work.
To add your copyright, open a new text box.
Type (C) Your Name, Year
For example, I would type (C) Lindsay Bowden, 2019
The (C) will automatically change to the copyright symbol.
Put this in the bottom right corner of every pages to ensure your resources are protected.
Ready to learn more? Check out these other posts:
- Making Your Own MATH Resources
- Making Your Own GRAPHS
- Head to LindsayBowden.com/Training to sign up for my FREE training on creating engaging resources!
I can’t thank you enough for teaching this old dog new tricks! You are so kind to share.
You’re so welcome! I am glad it was useful!!
Thank you for this, I am a homeschool mom with two different grades and I cant find worksheets that have the same theme but for different grades. This will help me so much. I also appreciate that I can save some money on the teaching supplies and use it for activities instead. Thank you
Thank, thank you this is the best. As and English teacher of Esl students and a lot of times what I find is for native speakers so is hard to find worksheets for them. I will start working on new ones for my 3 graders!!!
I’m so glad!! Let me know how it goes!!
thanks for your guide!
You are so welcome!
Thanks for teaching me a few things to add to my arsenal!
😮 Wow I didn’t know you could just type (C) and get copyright! How awesome is that! 😆
How do i actually copyright my material. Or is adding my name below with the copyright symbol enough?
I make all my Afrikaans worksheets on MS Word and battle. This sound super easy. Will definitely give it a go.
I teach inside a correctional facility, and I too have so much trouble finding activities and resources online that fit my unique needs. I spend so much time changing and reworking things, that I’ve finally decided to start my own TpT site and blog to hopefully help other teachers like me. Thank you for these tips for making worksheets. I never thought about using Power Point.
That’s amazing! Thanks for all you do!
Thank You for sharing this. It was extremely useful for me.
thank you for this! Canva too hard and want you to pay for every little thing…. I love making my son who is 12 and is at a kindergarten level. Find it hard to find stuff he can do. Every kid should have an opportunity to learn. Along with having fun!
Awesome I’m so glad!!
You are so kind for sharing! 😊 Thank you so much
This helps so much! Do you just save if as a pdf before you sell it on TPT? Do you ever do tutorials about how to make a document where teachers can edit in their child’s name (like a name tag or something) without changing anything else using PowerPoint?
Hey! Yep you can upload it as a PDF! I do teach how to make editable PowerPoints inside of my course Math Resource Academy! It’s actually 25% off right now. You can find out more at MathResourceAcademy.com
Love this! Thank you so much! Where do you find copyright free short stories to add to a reading worksheet? I want to create reading worksheets with questions specific to a reading skill or strategy. Thanks!
You’re so welcome! I’m actually not sure about that! I only create math resources. There are lots of Facebook groups about creating and selling resources on TPT. I’m sure they could help!
I tried changing the slide size to letter size and I am not given any options to change it, any suggestions?
Are you using the internet version? It doesn’t have all the features. Make sure you’re using the desktop version!
Thank you soooo much! This changed the game for me. I can not wait show off with my new creations I made for my students.
You’re welcome! I’m so glad it was helpful!