Grade 3

Learning With Google Hangouts

Global Communicator
Google hangouts icons


Google Hangouts is a communication platform which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features. With Google Hangouts, classrooms can connect with each other and collaborate on various topics.

This should be a teacher led activity as students under 13 should not be using Google Hangouts without parental permission. This will take several class periods the first time as the teacher should go over the ground rules for a videoconference. 

Students will:

  • Be able to engage effectively in collaborative discussions.
  • Be able to follow agreed-upon rules for discussion.
  • Be able to ask and answer questions from a discussion with elaboration and detail.
  • Be able to create questions to communicate clearly with others.
  • Be able to share knowledge with others effectively.
  • Be able to work collaboratively within their own peers as well with other classrooms via Google Hangouts.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Communication: Communication is the exchange of information or news.

  2. Collaboration: Collaboration is the action of working together.

To prepare for this lesson:

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Google Hangouts can be used in all the content areas to collaborate and share learnings. This can be done in one school with multiple classrooms as well as with schools locally, other states or countries.

  2. Create a classroom project where students will be collaborating with each other.

  3. The teacher will open Google Hangouts and be on the call with the students.

  4. Click the video call icon.

  5. Make sure the microphone, webcam and speakers are enabled.

  6. Name the Hangout.

  7. Click the arrow to start.

  8. Invite people with email.

  9. There is an option to copy the link provided and send in an email.

  10. When finished, click on end call.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade three topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • Here is a Comprehension and Collaboration Rubric.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Global Communicator
7a. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
7b. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
7c. Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
7d. Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Apps. Extensions, Add-ons:

Getting Started with Google Hangouts tutorial


Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Guide For Teachers

How To Join a Google Hangout Tutorial

How To Start a Google Hangout Tutorial

  • Students have book discussions with other classrooms. They share experiences, example hurricanes vs. snow storms.

  • Students can write about the Google Hangout in journals.

Students meet with artists, musicians, authors. 

Students have math talks with other classrooms.

Students share a science activity with another classroom.

The teacher and students can have a question and answer session with exchange students.

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools February 2018.