One-Pager Templates and Ideas for Your Next Classroom Activity

When was the last time you did one-pager activities in the classroom?

A one-pager is one of the versatile learning tools that teachers like you can employ in the classroom. You can use them for various subjects and topics. Plus, you can customize them for any grade level.

If you’re looking for one pager ideas, examples, and templates you can use for your next classroom activities, you’ve come to the right place.

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What is a one-pager activity in school?

A one-pager classroom activity is when you ask students to outline, share, or illustrate what they’ve learned about a topic or idea on a single page. As a teacher, you can require students to follow a structure or give them free rein on how to present their one-pagers.

Here are a couple of examples:

What should a one pager for school include?

The elements to include in your one-pager depend on the purpose of your assignment or classroom activity. However, effective one-pagers for school often include the following:

  • Visuals like drawn images, illustrations, or cut-outs from magazines
  • Main idea written in text or illustrated as a visual
  • Phrases, sentences, or quotes supporting the main idea
  • Borders or frames
  • Key facts or elements
  • Important dates

What if your students aren’t too enthusiastic about one-pagers?

Your students don’t have to excel in art to create wonderful, engaging one-pagers.

As highlighted by teacher Betsy Potash in her piece A Simple Trick for Success with One-Pagers, you might encounter some pushback from students about one-pagers because of the required artistic elements.

According to Potash, the solution to this pushback is using one pager templates!

“That little bit of creative constraint actually frees students to use their imagination to represent what they have learned on the page without fear. They know what they need to put down, and where, but they are also free to expand and add to the template.

To choose their own colors. To bring out what is most important to them through their creativity and artistry. And those super artistic students? They can just flip the template over and use the blank page on the back,” Potash shares.

And now for the fun part!

How to use one-pagers in the classroom

Here’s a preview of Piktochart’s one-pager templates for education plus ideas on how to use them.

1. Use one-pagers to help students understand concepts.

For example, the one-pager template below explains design thinking as a concept.

Using one-pagers for this type of classroom activity also helps you gauge a student’s understanding of the idea or concept tackled in your class.

stages of design thinking

2. Explain classroom rules and procedures with a one-pager.

Introducing classroom rules during the first few days in class is the groundwork for how the rest of your school year will pan out. Involving students in creating class rules is an excellent way to instill a sense of ownership and responsibility.

Why not come up with a classroom activity where students create their own one-pager of classroom rules and have them explain each rule to everyone in class afterward? The template below is a good start!

chemistry laboratory rules one pager

3. Use one-pagers to help your students introduce themselves in class.

If you’re looking for About Me worksheets, a one-pager fits the bill!

Here are a couple of all-about-me templates in one page to help you get started.

All about me one pager template

4. Encourage students to share key takeaways from an article or essay they’ve read online or on social media.

Aside from helping students understand a piece of essay or article, this activity also helps them improve their skills in distilling information into insights.

The one-pager templates below are perfect for high school and middle schoolers.

the scientific method one-pager
10 facts about water one-pager

5. Present important historical events and milestones through one-pagers.

The template below is good one-pager idea for your history class.

one pager for history class

6. Make character analysis activities more fun in your English class with a one-pager.

Here are some examples and one-pager templates that you can use for your fiction analysis or literature class.

character analysis one pager template for English class

7. Help students understand and learn new words by incorporating one-pagers during vocabulary lessons.

Use these examples and templates for your next language and communications class.

one pager template vocabulary class

8. Encourage students to present book report takeaways and learnings through a one-pager.

Here are a couple of examples from Twitter plus a template you can use in class.

book report one pager template

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Kai Tomboc

Kyjean Tomboc is an experienced content marketer for healthcare, design, and SaaS brands. She also manages content (like a digital librarian of sorts). She lives for mountain trips, lap swimming, books, and cats.

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