Google Sketch Up Planning

Google Sketch Up Planning Created by Phil Bagge @baggiepr Main digital literacy planning page

This planning can work just as well with Sketch Up 7 or 8.

Prior to the session the class teacher need to make themselves familiar with the basic drawing tools indicated at the top of each lesson plan.

To help the teacher and student understand how to carry out drawing functions in Sketchup there are the following help tools available.

Video Help Files Created in Sketchup 7 but still working in Sketchup 8

The built in Instructor that is part of the program and will start on the right hand side automatically when the program is started.

If it has not started it can be turned on by selecting Window and then Instructor

When you access a new button it shows you how to use it with a simple animation. The instructional text beneath is not designed for primary pupils but teachers can work out what it is saying easily enough.

A quick pdf guide to each button

Learning Objective Lesson 1

Lesson Plan

Draw a road of 3d tower blocks/flats with recessed windows and doors

Teachers need to make themselves familiar with the underlined tools prior to this lesson.

Start by loading the program with the children

If it asks for a template choose the second one down (simple in Metres)

Explain that SketchUp is a free 3D drawing program that they can download at home if they like.

Show pupils how they can draw a rectangle or circle using the rectangle & circle tools

If they want a perfect square a dotted line will come up and the word square will appear

Explain that shapes can be drawn on different axis (The best way is to demonstrate this)

Use the orbit button to move around and draw on different axis

The real magic comes when you show pupils how they can use the push and pull button to turn a 2d rectangle into a 3d cuboid.

Give pupils time to experiment with this.

Now show pupils how they can draw a rectangle on the face of an object and push or pull it out.

Give pupils a little more time to experiment

You are now ready to start a basic drawing

A 3D drawing that fits your topic will work better with your planning. Something that can be adapted to drawing lots of cuboids. In the past I have linked this to perspective in art by drawing skyscrapers with recessed windows and then panning to view perspective from different angles. Pupils have also created 3D shapes and labelled their attributes.

Go over the Pan and Delete tools during the lesson. Note how the scroll button on the mouse zooms in and out.

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Draw 2d shapes in SketchUp

Expand 2d shapes into 3d shapes

Know how to orbit and pan

Know how to delete a line

Download SketchUp at home

(Not Pro Version)

Circles and Rectangles Video

Push/Pull Video

Orbit Pan & Zoom Video

Learning Objective Lesson 2

Lesson Plan

Draw and colour in a house using Google SketchUp or preferably come up with a 3d project drawing that links with your topic

Teachers need to make themselves familiar with the underlined tools prior to this lesson.

Introduce the line tool and demonstrate how very fine adjustments can be made when combined with zooming in.

Note it is very easy to move into different axis very easily without realising it.

(Check instructor for advanced options)

Now demonstrate how to draw segments of a circle using the Arc tool

Join the base using the line tool and drag out using Push/Pull

Give pupils time to experiment with these additions to the tools learnt last week.

Show pupils how to use the move and rotate tools.

These are tricky to use and can distort shapes quickly. Thank goodness there is an edit undo button.

Demonstrate how to raise a roof from a cuboid by drawing a line across the middle of a cuboid.

Note how it snaps to midpoint.

Then using the move tool move it until the line highlights in blue

Move it up and around until the dotted blue line says on blue axis.

Pan round the shape to make sure you haven’t distorted it.

Let pupils combine all the skills they have learnt so far in creating a house.

When they are near the end of the lesson show them how to colour in shape faces using the paint bucket.

Don’t introduce this too early or nothing else gets done.

ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Use the Arc, line and paint bucket tools

Some SEN pupils get stuck on the Arc and Line tools. Allowing these pupils to consolidate learning from last week is fine.

Arc Video Help File

Paint Bucket Video Help File

Move Video Help File

Learning Objective Lesson 3 or more

Lesson Plan

This lesson can be just one lesson or could extend into more depending on the project you have set your pupils

Depends on your project

Extension Skills

Copying and pasting 3d objects Video Help File

Accurate lines to scale (great maths extension for more able) Video Help File & Video Help File

Adding shadows onto your model Video Help File (Great for seasons and day and night)

You can add dimensions to your drawings by selecting Tools Dimensions. Click on a line away from the middle or the end. You can then pull it out as a dimension. Or you can click on an intersection and then click on another and the drag it away to show the length. This is great to use in real maths measurement problems.

Add text labels so that pupils can annotate work. Great for describing created 3d shapes.



ICT Skills

Able & SEN Support



Depends on how you choose to use the tool

Copying and pasting 3d objects Video Help File

Lines to scale Video Help File & Video Help File

Adding shadows onto your model Video Help File