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One of the first activities that a teacher should perform at the beginning of a school year is to prepare a sketched layout of the physical components in a classroom. The physical layout of the classroom is an important element in establishing and maintaining a safe and nurturing learning environment as well as setting behavioral expectations. Using Microsoft Word 2007, you can easily sketch a layout of the classroom on the computer.


Turn on the computer and load Microsoft Word. Go to “Office Button;” choose “New;” choose “Blank Document;” click “Create” to pull up a blank page.

Choose Insert Menu

Choose “Insert Menu;” choose “Shapes” to access the different shapes available.

Select the first button

Select the first button in the first row under “Basic Shapes” to access the “text box” tool.

Using the mouse

Using the mouse, click on the blank page to draw a text box. Enter text inside the text box denoting what the object represents such as teacher desk, file cabinet, etc.

Repeat this procedure

Repeat this procedure for the layout of the other objects in the classroom.

Go to Office Button

Go to “Office Button;” choose “Save As;” create a file name for the document. Type the file name of the document under the option “File Name;” click “Save.”

Things Needed

  • ['Computer', 'Microsoft Word 2007', 'Computer mouse', 'Printer', 'Paper']


  • To create the same size text box throughout the document, you can copy the first text box and then paste it as needed.

    Use a printer to print out a hard copy of the sketched layout of the classroom to keep in a file for others that may need access to this information.


  • Selecting the “rectangle” tool instead of the “text box” tool will prevent you from typing text into the object.