Creative Classroom &

Creative Classroom &
Activity Ideas Using
MS Word 2003
Making Clip Art Comics for a Writing Exercise
Making Signs or Certificates with Creative
Outreach and Technical
Assistance Network
This workshop covers the following items:
Making Bookmarks as Student Giveaways or
for a Student Project
Capturing & Modifying Images Using Paint with
MS Word
Students Creating Business Cards
Creating an Interactive Template Form
Inserting and Using MS Equation
Rev 6/5/08
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Table of Contents
Handout Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Make Clip Art Comics for a Writing Exercise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Make Signs or Certificates with Creative Borders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Make Bookmarks Using Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Capturing & Modifying Images Using Paint with MS Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Students Create Business Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Create an Interactive Template Form with Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Inserting and Using Microsoft Equation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
OTAN Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Appendix A - Make Clip Art Comics for a Writing Exercise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A
Appendix B - Make Signs or Certificates with Creative Borders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B
Appendix C - Bookmarks for Student Giveaways or a Student Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . C
Appendix D - Capturing & Modifying Images Using Paint with MS Word . . . . . . . . . . . . D
Appendix E - Students Create Business Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E
Appendix F - Create an Interactive Template Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F
Appendix G - Inserting and Using Microsoft Equation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .G
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Handout Conventions
First we will cover a few things about this instruction handout. Each section contains step by step
instructions that explain how to perform a specific technique. Some steps assume you have certain
skills and knowledge presented in previous activities. If you do not know how to complete the step,
see previous activities for instructions.
Instructions and terms
If we want you to type something, we will set it in bold like this:
1. Type POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS in the box
If you are to press a key or key combination on your keyboard, the key(s) will be in brackets like this:
1. Press [CTRL] or [Ctrl-V]
This means to hold the Control [Ctrl] key while hitting the V on your keyboard.
Unless otherwise stated, all “clicks” will be with the left mouse button.
Whenever we say “Place your cursor…” we want you to put your cursor in the place you need it to be
and click so it blinks there.
To move through a series of choices on menus and in dialog boxes we will write it like this:
1. Choose File > Page Setup > Margins tab > Landscape
In this case you would go to the File menu, select Page Setup, then choose the Margins tab and select the radio button for Landscape.
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Make Clip Art Comics for a Writing Exercise
Skills Presented:
How to insert clip art/pictures
How to resize and wrap text around graphics
How to insert and use AutoShapes
How to change page orientation
Need to know:
How to start a document and type in Word
In this activity, students choose a clip art image or picture and either create a dialogue between the
characters in the image or show the thoughts someone is having – like a good thought and a bad
thought. The dialogue or thought is displayed in an AutoShape “speech balloon” (also called a Callout) like you would see in a comic strip. You can also use this activity to introduce the idea that what
people say and what they think may be very different. You can use the thought “cloud” as a way to
distinguish between the two.
For a finished example, see Appendix A.
Make a Comic
Open a blank document in Word.
Click on the Insert Clip Art icon
on the Drawing tool bar (usually located at the bottom of the Word window) and the Task Pane
on the right will allow you to search for what you want. (See Figure 1) Just type a search word (we used ‘family’) in the Search
for: field. To limit the results to just clip art, be sure only Clip Art is
selected in the Results should be: drop down menu. Click the Go
Scroll down to see all the results and double click on your selection. It will automatically appear on your document. If you do not
find anything you like, go to the Results should be: field and
change the checked box to Photographs. (See Figure 2) Or have
your students take digital pictures of other students engaged in
conversation and use those pictures for this activity. Just transfer
the photos to your computer then choose the Insert Picture icon
on the Drawing toolbar to find the picture and insert it.
Note: If you can not find anything appropriate in the Word program’s clip art library, you can try Google’s image search also.
Figure 1
Figure 2
Note for ESL Teachers: For lower level students, you can provide a list of simple search
words or let the students use a picture dictionary to find words.
To resize your image proportionally, click the clip art or picture and then using your mouse,
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click, hold and drag on one of the corner handles. (Dragging a side,
top or bottom handle will cause the image to distort.) Release your
mouse when the outline is the right size for your image.
When you select the graphic, if the handles that form in the corners
and on the sides are solid black, it means you have an “in line” graphic, which means it will want to stay “in line” with your text. (See Figure
3) In order to be able to move it around freely, you need to change this
format. To do so, right click the graphic and choose Format Picture
from the resulting menu. Choose the Layout tab and select Tight from
the wrapping style options. Now click once, somewhere on the document, but not on the graphic to “deselect” it.
Figure 3
To create the speech callouts, we will use AutoShapes. You will find AutoShapes on the
Drawing toolbar. Click the down arrow next to the word AutoShapes and point to Callouts . Now choose one of the callout shapes. (The one that looks like clouds is considered
a “thought balloon” and is used for thoughts rather than spoken words.)
A “Create your drawing here” box (also known as a Drawing Canvas) will probably appear (unless someone has turned it off) and the cursor will change into a crosshair. To
draw the speech or thought callout, click, hold and drag the crosshair cursor in a diagonal manner on the Drawing Canvas to form the callout. If you want more than one callout,
go ahead and draw them all now. Our example has three callouts. They do not have to be
the right size or shape, just get them on the canvas.
Now click, hold and drag the graphic to the center of the page so you will have room for
the speech balloons, then click, hold and drag on each callout to place them roughly
where you want them. Do not worry about their size and shape right now. We will adjust
that after we add text.
Click once inside the balloon (you should see the blinking text cursor now) and add
text. If you cannot see some of the text, you may need to resize the callout just as you did
the graphic.
10. If the pointer on the speech callout is not pointing the right direction,
click on the edge of the callout so you can see the yellow square at
the end of the pointer. (See Figure 4) Click, hold and drag the yellow square to where you want it. (Usually speech callouts are pointed near the person’s mouth and thought callouts near their head.)
11. If your creation seems crowded, turn the document to landscape orientation by going to File > Page Setup > Margins tab > Landscape.
It will give you more horizontal room. Make any final adjustments to
spacing etc. and you are done!
Figure 4
For those that want to be more creative, free comic book fonts are available at this Web site:
This idea for an activity was based on a workshop presented at the CUE Conference in March
2007 by Barry Bakin who teaches at Los Angeles Unified School District – Division of Adult and
Continuing Education. Thanks Barry. To see some comics done by Barry’s students visit: http://esl.
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Make Signs or Certificates with Creative Borders
Skills Presented:
How to change page orientation
How to add bullets
How to add special page borders
Need to know:
How to add clip art
How to start a document and type in Word
Many times you want or need signs to advise students about classroom protocol or to announce
other information. Or you may want to create certificates for student achievements like perfect attendance, mastering present-perfect tense in grammar, or any other milestone. Now you can make
them look more professional with creative borders.
For a finished example of a sign, see Appendix B.
Make a Document with a Creative Border
Open a new blank document in Word.
Turn the document to landscape orientation by
going to File > Page Setup > Margins tab. Select Landscape, then click the OK button
Type the contents for the sign you would like to
make. If you do not know what you would like
your sign to say, use the text in Figure 5. Since
it fills only a portion of the page, you’ll need to
change font sizes, center the title, add bullets
etc. (To add bullets, select the text you want bulleted and then click the bullet
Formatting toolbar.)
Figure 5
icon on the
To place a border around the entire page, go to the Format
menu and select Borders and Shading. Now select the Page
Border tab and find the field labeled Art near the bottom of the
window. (See Figure 6) Using the drop-down arrow choose a
border that is appropriate for the sign you are creating. There are
lots of fun ones including a few in color.
If you want the border to be wider, use the Width field right
above the Art field to increase or decrease the size of the border.
When you are done, click OK and your fancy border will be in
Figure 6
You can add some clip art to the sign to get student’s attention. If
you need instructions on how to do this, refer to the comic example, steps 2-5.
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Here are some template resources for creating various award certificates:
Creative Writing Award template Choose a certificate.
Microsoft’s Template Gallery has many certificate templates. To find them visit: Click the Template tab then scroll down the page to choose the Award Certificates category. On the left sidebar where it says “Filter by Product” choose Word. There are currently 17
certificates to choose from so there should be something that will meet your class needs.
Make Bookmarks Using Tables
Skills Presented:
How to create a table and use table properties, including row heights and borders
Need to know:
How to add clip art
This would be a great project, either as prizes for students or to have students make for family or
friends. They could write a short poem or any sentiment for the intended recipient. Print them using a color printer (if available) on white cardstock, so they will not be too flimsy, and then laminate
them so they will last. For a finished example, see Appendix C.
Here is one way to create three bookmarks that are six inches long and
have a picture or clip art at the top.
Make Bookmarks
Open a blank document in Word.
Go to the Table menu and select Insert > Table.
Change the Table size to 3 columns and 2 rows and under
AutoFit behavior make a Fixed column width of 2”. (See
Figure 7) You can do this with either the spinner box arrows or
by highlighting the numbers and retyping them. Click OK.
Then with your cursor in the top row of the table, go back to
Table > Table Properties > Row tab.
Click the box in front of Specify height: and change the
0” to 2”. (See Figure 8) This will make the top box large
enough for some clip art. Also change the box labeled Row
height is: from At Least to Exactly using the drop-down arrow.
Click the Next Row button and set the height for Row 2 to
be 4” using the same method we used to change Row 1.
Figure 7
Figure 8
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Now click inside one of the top cells of the table and go to Insert > Picture > Clip Art if
you want to use something from Microsoft or choose From file if you have a picture on
your computer you want to use (like a logo or small photo). Remember it needs to be a
square to look right in the 2” x 2” area.
If you select a picture and it is too large (which it probably will be), select the Format Picfrom the Picture toolbar. Click on the Size tab and set the largest dimension
ture icon
to 2” if your picture is not square or both dimensions to 2” if it is.
Just Copy [Ctrl+C] and Paste [Ctrl+V] this picture into the other two bookmarks if you
want to use the same art/picture for all three.
10. Now place the cursor in the larger section at the bottom of the bookmark (the second row
of the table), add your text, and format as you desire. Copy and Paste it to the other two
bookmarks when you are done.
11. If you would like to eliminate the table borders so they do not show up as black lines
around some areas of your bookmark, be sure your
cursor is blinking somewhere in your table, select
Table > Table Properties > Table Tab > Borders
and Shading.
12. The Borders tab should be selected. (See Figure 9)
Under Setting: choose None and on the right side
where it says Apply to: be sure it says Table. An
outline of the table will still be visible while you are
working on the document, but it will not print.
13. Now Print the bookmarks. The only remaining step
is to use a paper cutter to cut the table into 3 bookmarks and laminate them if you want to.
Figure 9
Capturing & Modifying Images Using Paint with MS Word
Skills Presented:
How to use Paint to draw on an image and paste that image into Word
Need to know:
How to start a document and type in Word
How to move and/or resize an image in Word
Assume you want to teach students how to get from the school to a doctor’s office, grocery store,
or other destination. You might also want to teach about giving directions – “Go left on VonKarmen
St. and right on International Drive.” To do this visually, you would like to put a map on a handout,
but using online map programs you can only get them to print the map, which would not include
your activity instructions. We will combine the Copy command and the Paint program to capture
the map image (or other clickable images) paint on it and place it in your Word document. (For a
finished sample see Appendix D.) Here are the steps to do this:
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Capturing Images for Use in Word
Open a blank document in Word. Type the title (Understanding Directions) or any other
information you want above the image you will be adding. Make it Bold and Center the title.
Enter a blank line or two.
Open your browser to find the map image you want. For our example we will use a map
from Mapquest. Once at the Mapquest page, type in the following address: 10474 Mather Blvd., Mather, CA and click Search.
just below the page header.
After the map opens, locate and select the Print button
Right click on the picture of the map and choose Copy from the menu. (The copied picture
is held on your computer’s internal clipboard.)
You will now use the Paint program to draw on the image. It is less hassle to do this in Paint
than in Word. Open the Paint program, which is a free image editing program included in
Windows XP. You should find it on your computer’s All Programs menu under Accessories.
With Paint open, just do a Paste function, either by using the key combination of [Ctrl-V] or
by going to Edit on Paint’s menu bar and selecting Paste.
, choose
To draw the square for the destination, click the Rectangle icon
a color from the color panel at the bottom of the window, then choose the
third option from the options palette (see Figure 10). (This option will draw a
colored box with no outline using the foreground color.) Click, hold and drag
diagonally to place the square on the image.
Figure 10
Note: If it does not go exactly where you want it, remember to use Undo.
To highlight the path from the point of origin to the destination, choose the Airbrush tool
and choose the yellow paint color. Now click, hold and drag the tip of the spray along the
road from the point of origin to the destination.
When you are done drawing on the map, go to Paint’s Edit menu, choose Select All. Now
that your image is selected you can go back to the Edit menu and choose Copy.
Now go to your Word document, place the cursor where you want the image and do [Ctrl-V]
to Paste it there. Voila! You now have the image in your document. If you want to relocate or
change the size, you can treat it like any other image. Be careful trying to make it too much
larger than the original though, as it will become pixelated (blurry).
10. With your cursor blinking at the bottom right hand side of your map, hit the [Enter] key on
your keyboard twice, change the text align to left
and finish typing your document.
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Students Create Business Cards
Skills Presented:
How to use templates for business cards or labels
How to move a table’s column divider
How to draw a box with the Rectangle Drawing tool
Need to know:
How to download a template from the Internet
How to create callouts using AutoShapes
How to add clip art and tables
Equipment and Supplies needed:
Computer connected to LCD Projector (preferably or overhead projector with screenshots of steps on overheads)
Business Card Paper (can be found at most office supply stores)
(A less expensive approach might be to use white card stock and then cut the cards
after printing.)
Even low level ESL students are taught to create business cards for themselves in Susan Gaer’s
class at the Centennial Ed Center in Santa Ana. She explains the steps necessary to get your students creating business cards for themselves.
The first step is to teach the language involved in the business card. To help with this part of the
process you will need to create the student handout. Here are the steps involved in using Word to
create the handout. (See Appendix E for the example.)
Create the Handout for this Lesson
Open a blank document in Word.
Type the title “This is a business card.” Make it Arial font, size 14, centered, and bolded. Hit [Enter] twice.
on the Drawing toolbar
Underneath the title, create a text box using the Text Box tool
to draw a rectangle for the sample business card. With the cursor blinking in the box, insert
appropriate clip art and resize the art to fit in the top left corner.
Click in the Text Box (business card rectangle), but NOT on the clip art, to deselect the clip
art. Hit the [Enter] key twice and change the font size to 14 and centered. Type your information on the business card per the sample.
Now add the AutoShapes, as we did in the comic exercise, pointing to the various parts of
the card per the sample. When you are finished, click your mouse just outside the drawing
canvas on the lower right corner. At this point the items inside the Drawing Canvas are
considered to be “in line with text” and you are placing your cursor at the end of the line to
begin adding the rest of the text to the page. Press the [Enter] key a couple of times and
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then use the text Align Left button
to move your cursor to the far left.
Change the font size to 12, type the sentence that appears before the table, and hit the
[Enter] key.
Add a Table that has 8 rows and 2 columns and type the text from the example in the
table. Bold the appropriate words. To move the table’s column divider over to the left a bit,
hold your cursor over the center line until it turns into a two-headed arrow
hold and drag it to the left.
, then click,
Click outside the table on the lower right side and add some space (by pressing the Enter
key a few times) before the next sentence. Type the next sentence.
Using the Rectangle drawing tool
write their business card.
, draw an empty box for the students to use to hand-
Teach the Information for the Business Card
Use the handout to teach the pieces of information they will need to place on the business card
such as: What is your name?, What is your address?, What is your telephone number/area code?,
and What is your job? Students should practice asking and answering the questions in small
Give the students a copy of a simple business card. Ask them to point to the name, street address,
city, state, zip code, telephone number, and job title. Go over the cards again by asking questions
like the questions on the handout we just created.
Next have the students handwrite their information in the box provided on the handout. They will
use this when they go to the computer to create their business cards.
Teach the Computer Skills
Before you start working with the students on this project, you will need to find and download a
business card template. HP has some for free at
After you choose one, the page will give you instructions on how to download it. Be sure you Save
the file to the Desktop on each of the computers used for this project. If your school will not allow
you to download from the Internet, you could download it using a computer not at the school, save
it to a flash drive (also referred to as a thumb drive), and transfer it to the school computers.
Now it is time to teach the computer skills. It is helpful to have a projection system to teach the
computer skills. If not, you will need to make a lot of overheads with screenshots of the various
steps. Show students how to open the business card template. With a projector, this can be done
with the language experience approach. Without a projector, just have screen shots to show the
Have students type in the information about themselves that they had previously written on their
sample card. Since there are 10 cards on the template, you can fit several students on one page
and each can have 2-3 cards.
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Steps for Using the Template
Start by double-clicking on the template icon
show the students where it is on the Desktop.
. Your’s may be different so
Word will open with the template as the document. Depending on which card you choose,
you may need to explain how to delete the Text Box labeled Company Name. (Click the
Company Name once then click the box border and hit the [Delete] key on your keyboard.)
Now have the student highlight the word Name and type their name. Then highlight the
word Title and type their title. Continue with this process for the other information necessary to complete the business card. If the group catches on quickly, you could also demonstrate how to highlight, copy and paste all the text from one card to another since it would
be faster than retyping all the information multiple times, but this is an optional step .
After all students have entered their information on one or more cards and the sheet is
filled, Save the file then show them how to Print the cards. (You may want to test the print
before using expensive paper to be sure your printer is handling the template correctly for
use with your business card paper.)
To help insure your printer will handle the heavier paper correctly, you
may want to adjust the type of paper
it is handling. Each printer is different, but going to Print then clicking
Figure 11
the Properties button (see Figure
11) and then looking for a Paper
Type. Change it to Cardstock if the option is available.
After you have printed the cards successfully, celebrate!
Create an Interactive Template Form with Word
Skills Presented:
How to modify table borders and merge table cells
How to insert and format form fields including: fill-in fields, drop-down list boxes and
check boxes
How to protect the completed form
Need to know:
How to open and type in a basic Word document
How to add a table
Once you learn to create forms in Word, you can use them in a variety of ways. Students can complete them as part of a registration for a class or activity, as a way to teach ESL students about
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completing online forms, or as part of a unit on employment applications. And they are easy to
learn. When you are done creating the form, you can lock it so that nothing can be modified except the interactive fields. That way you can use the form over and over without having to create a
new one each time a student fills it out.
Before opening your Word document, start by designing your form on paper. For best results,
consider creating your forms using tables. You can place the label in one cell and the form field in
another cell next to it.
Our sample Employment Application is in Appendix F:
Open a blank document in Word and type Employment Application at the top. Make it
Arial, Bold, 16 pt., Centered.
Press [Enter] twice. Align text left and change the text size to 11 and turn off Bolding.
Add a table with 4 columns and 25 rows. Table > Insert > Table > 4 Columns >25 Rows.
Using the sample application as a guide, type the form labels in the first three rows, leaving empty cells as necessary.
On row three, you can see that multiple cells are not necessary. We will “merge” these
four cells into one by highlighting the row, then going to Table > Merge Cells.
Continue typing labels in the appropriate cells, but ignore the shaded boxes. Those will
be added later. When you get to the section on what days and hours the applicant is interested in working, ignore the check boxes and just type the days and hours with a few
blank spaces between each. Apply text bolding where necessary on the form and continue
merging cells as required.
Be sure you can see the Forms toolbar
by clicking View > Toolbars > Forms.
The toolbar that should appear is shown
in Figure 12.
Figure 12
To create a form field for Text, place the cursor on the form where you want the text to be
button on the Forms toolbar.
typed and click the
You will notice that you now see a shaded gray rectangle. This is where text will be typed after you lock the
form. It will expand to allow an unlimited amount of text
unless you limit it by changing the Form Field Properties.
Now go to the cell where the user will type their phone
number and add another form field for Text. This time
we want to change the Form Field Properties so that
the user can only type 12 characters for a phone number.
10. To change the form field properties right click the
shaded rectangle and choose Properties from the
menu (or click the Form Field Options
Figure 13
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on the toolbar). You should see the dialog box as shown in Figure 13. This allows you to
change the type of entry that can be made. Choose Number in the Type field. If you want
to limit the number of characters that can be entered, use the spinner box or just type
the number of characters where the word Unlimited is. We will make it 12 and then if you
want to change the format of the final number you can type ###-###-#### in the Number
format field. (When the form is locked and the user types in their number, the number will
change to the correct format when the tab key is used to move to the next field.) Click OK.
11. Continue merging table cells and typing text until you finish the questions on what type of
work the person is applying for. They will be answered with a Yes or No response. To create the field that has a drop down box to choose Yes or No, place the cursor at the end of
the first sentence. Enter a few spaces then select the
Drop Down Form Field
button on the Forms toolbar. You will see the shaded rectangle again so rightclick it and choose Properties.
12. You should now see the Drop Down Form Field Options dialog box in Figure 14. Here you will type in
the choices you want the user to see when they click
the drop-down box. In our case, we want Yes and No.
So type Yes in the Drop-down item box and click the
Add button. Then type No and the Add button. So
that you don’t end up with any false answers because
the user did not notice that they had to make a choice
here, type Choose Yes or No and click the Add button.
Figure 14
13. Now we will reorder the items in the drop-down list so
that Choose Yes or No is at the top. Click Choose Yes
or No, then click the Up arrow twice to move it to the
top. (See Figure 15) When you are done click OK. Do
the same for the other two questions on this part of the
14. To create the check boxes where necessary, start by
placing the cursor in front of “Mon” on the sixth row
of the application. Click the Check Box Form Field
Figure 15
button on the Forms toolbar. You will notice that a shaded check box has now been
placed in front of “Mon.” Hit the [Spacebar] if you need to put some space between the
box and the text. Continue adding check boxes wherever needed on the application.
15. To add a field for the Date on the eighth row of the application, click the Text Form Field
button, then right-click and go to Properties. Choose Date in the Type: field, type 8 in
the Maximum length: field, and type MM/dd/yy in the Text format: field. Click OK.
16. Finish placing any other Form Fields necessary. Save the application using normal saving
17. When the application is complete, click the Protect Form button
on the Forms toolbar. Now Save the form again using a different name. Then you can distribute the file to
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your students to complete without fear of losing your original. When your students complete the application, have them save it under a different file name also.
Protecting the form will prevent users from accidentally changing anything except what they type
on the form. Be aware that the user can click on the Protect Form button to unlock the form and
make changes if the form toolbar is open. Password protecting the form is possible, but is outside
the scope of this handout.
Instruct students using the form to use the [Tab] key to move from one field to the other. This will
ensure that all the formatting properties are displayed correctly.
Inserting and Using Microsoft (MS) Equation
Skills Presented:
Inserting a Microsoft (MS) Equation object and entering equations
Need to know:
How to open and type in a basic Word document.
If you are a math or science teacher and you leave empty space on your Word documents so that
you can go back and hand draw the mathematic or scientific symbols needed, this information
is for you. You can use the MS Equation object to type those equations on your handout. (Note:
These directions are specific to MS Word 2003, but MS Equation works exactly the same in PowerPoint.)
We will learn to insert a fairly simple equation, but if you have more complicated ones, it will handle
most anything you need to type. The equation we will
use is one for the calculation of interest. (See Appendix
G for a sample student handout.)
Using MS Equation to Type Equations in Word
Open a blank document in Word. Type any information that needs to precede the formula you
want to include.
Go to the Insert Menu and select Object. In the
Object dialog box, scroll down to select Microsoft Equation 3.0. (See Figure 16)
Figure 16
Note: If it is not there, talk to your tech support
person and ask them to install the components
of MS Office that were not installed originally. It is on
the CD.
Select the OK button and two items will appear: a
work area outlined in slashed lines (see Figure 17)
Figure 17
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and the Equation toolbar (see
Figure 18). Each button on the
toolbar has a drop-down menu to
allow you to select exactly what
Figure 18
you need. You will return to the
toolbar several times before finishing a complicated equation. Work carefully.
Note: It may be best to discard an equation and start over when you are first learning to
use MS Equation.
Pay attention to where the flashing cursor is
located before adding a new symbol from the
toolbar. The MS Equation cursor has a vertical
marker and a horizontal marker (see Figure 19).
The horizontal marker underlines the portion of Horizontal
the equation you are currently working on. In the
example in Figure 20, the left image indicates
Figure 19
that you are working only on the numerator of the
fraction. However, the right image indicates that
you would still be working inside the parentheses, but your entry would be in relation to the
entire fraction.
The equation that we will reproduce is shown here:
Letters, numbers and basic math symbols can be found on your regular keyboard. So as we begin to type the equation, use the keyboard to
type A [Space]= [Space]P[Space].
Go to the Equation toolbar to get the parentheses. Click the first button on the second row as shown in Figure 20 (the tool tip shows
Fence templates). You will notice that there are a number of options
. It will allow us to
with various types of brackets. We want this one
place the rest of our equations within it’s boundaries.
Go ahead and type 1+, but then we need to add a fraction. To add a
fraction find the second button on the second row (the tool tip shows
Fraction and radical templates) where you see this symbol
Figure 20
. You
will notice that there are apparently two fraction symbols.
The one with the dotted
frames for the numbers makes a full size fraction and the one with the solid black rectangles for the numbers will be a reduced size fraction. In our equation, the full size fraction
would be acceptable, so choose this symbol
The cursor will now be blinking in the numerator slot. Type the lower case r then use the
[Down arrow] or the [Tab] key to get to the denominator box and type the n.
10. Now hit the [Tab] key twice to move your cursor outside the parenthesis. The button on the
Equation toolbar that controls superscript entries is the third button on the second row
(Subscript and superscript tooltip) . Choose the Superscript icon
and type nt.
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11. Now you are almost done. At this point your equation should look like Figure 21. You may
find that the spacing between the P and the opening parenthesis is kind of tight. We can
modify that by placing the cursor between the two items and clicking
the Spacing button on the Equation toolbar. It is the second button
. You will need to select one of the
icons to
on the first row
add more space. We chose a medium amount of space by selecting
the second icon on the second row. You will notice that there is now
more space between those elements and it looks more readable.
Figure 21
For more information on how the Equation Editor works, visit the Design Science Web site It is the company that designed MS Equation
and knows how best to use it. Microsoft’s Help file is only marginally helpful.
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Appendix A - Make Clip Art Comics for a Writing Exercise
Appendix A
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Appendix B - Make Signs or Certificates with Creative Borders
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Appendix C - Bookmarks for Student Giveaways or a Student Project
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Appendix D - Capturing & Modifying Images Using Paint with MS Word
Understanding Directions
Start by going right on Mather Blvd. for two blocks.
Then turn left on Whitehead St. for four blocks and stop at the Stop sign.
The street name changes to Mather Field Road. Continue to International Drive, and turn right on
International Drive.
Turn left into the parking lot at 11012 International Drive.
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Appendix E - Students Create Business Cards
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Appendix F - Create an Interactive Template Form
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Appendix G - Inserting and Using Microsoft Equation
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Application of e and Exponential Functions
In the calculation of interest, the following formula is often used:
A is the money accumulated
P is the principal (beginning) amount
r is the annual interest rate
n is the number of compounding periods per year
t is the number of years
Example: An intial investment of $1,000 is invested at a 12.5% annoual interest rate, compounded
annually, for 10 years. Using the above formula, we calculate the amount accoumulated after 10
years as follows:
P = $1000
r = 12.5% = .125
t = 10 years
A = $1000 (1 + .125)10
A = $1000 (1.125) 10
A = $1000 (3.247)
A = $3,247
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