May is filled with lots of holidays, which along with the coming of the end of the school year, make for great reasons to celebrate! Use Wixie to create decorations for a class Cinco de May party or themed posters and signs for Memorial Day. Have students create narrated notes to show their appreciation for the specialty subject teachers at your school, who don’t always get the same notes as classroom teachers.
Wixie is a great tool for creating Mother’s Day cards too! Have students use the Wixie paint tools to create original artwork. Type a note, “write” text if you have a touch screen, or simply record their voice. You might want to record anyway, since an audio record of their love for mom is definitely a keepsake. Email the URL to mom, or if students have devices at home, have students log into their account and play the card for mom on that special day.
If students create a four page project, they can also print as a booklet to create a greeting card the can take home. Page 1 is the front of the card, page 2 becomes inside left, page 3 shows on the inside right, and page 4 appears on the back. (Instructions here) You can also change orientation of the page to make the cards portrait-style, just remember to rotate the page first!
May is Local and Community History Month in the UK, but don’t let that stop you from connecting with your community here! I have recently had the pleasure of working with Fulton County Georgia Educator Suzanne Laisney whose students are using Wixie and Share to create a virtual museum of the influence of the various people and businesses around Hapeville, Georgia.
If you are attending ISTE this summer, make sure to check out Suzanne's Poster Session on Museum Makers. If you aren't lucky enough to attend, check out these Creative Educator lessons:
• Museum Makers (online support for physical artifacts)
• Create a Virtual Museum (completely online museum)
May is National Bike Month and also the month of Walk to School Week. This is a great opportunity to introduce students to the idea of Public Service Announcement to promote safety. They can use Wixie to create PSAs, or even posters, which can be used again and again and are especially appreciated by administrators for use the beginning of next school year.
If you need help getting started, there is a Wixie tutorial on creating a PSA. Just change the content you are creating in the tutorial from severe weather information to traveling safely to school.
Students can write a fractured nursery rhyme for Mother Goose Day on May 1st!
Paint a special place in your community or create a collage of images to show pride in where you live. Use the Wixie postcard templates or add a second page to add a note, print, and send on May 2nd, National Postcard Day.
Just in time for summer vacation, the last week of May is National Backyard Games Week. Have students interview adults about their favorite childhood backyard game. Create a page in Wixie to describe the game and how it is played. Print as trading cards (you can print multiple pages to a single sheet of paper in Wixie) and then trade with other student for summer break ideas.
I hope your May if filled with many more reasons to celebrate!