Now that the school year is in full-swing, you can really start getting into some serious making with Wixie. The month of October has so many great holidays and specialty days (National Poetry Day, Flip Your Classroom Day), not to mention month-long events (National Book Month) that it is easy to find ways to engage students in thinking, creating, and technology.
Wixie's Month-by-Month Library
If you and your students are still getting started with Wixie, you can find lots of simple holiday-related activities in the Month-by-Month library. To access these activities and assign them to your students, log in to your teacher account, click the Activities tab, open the Tech4Learning folder, and open the Month-by-Month folder. The October sub-folder has activities for Halloween, of course, but also for Columbus Day and Fall writing.
The fall-themed haiku activity in this folder is perfect for National Poetry Day, which is usually the first or second Thursday of the month (October 8 in 2015). You can use the haiku poetry form to help students become both concise and precise with their vocabulary. The kigo, season word, requirement of a haiku makes it especially timely for fall.
This sample shows a Thanksgiving-themed poem, which is a national holiday in Canada on the second Monday of October (October 12,2015). Now may be the perfect time to cement a cross-border connection between classrooms as students explore similarities and differences in Thanksgiving celebrations in both the US and Canada.
You can find even more activities connected to October at the Trading Post. If you visit early in October, the home page shows a few of the fun ideas shared by other Wixie-using educators.
You won't need to log in to access the activities listed on the home page, but logging in will give you access to many more ideas. Wixie and Pixie (version 3 and above) files are interchangeable, so you don't have to worry which version was shared.
The topsoil activity on the Trading Post might also help your students make connections during Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2015). If that doesn't whet your appetite, explore these other 22 Ideas for Earth Science Week!
National Book Month
The entire Month of October is National Book Month, giving you the perfect excuse to engage in even more reading. Start off young students with comprehension activities using a Wixie Sentence Strip or Parts of a Story activity, or by extending or adapting your favorite story to "take retelling to the next level."
While specialty days certainly don't drive instruction, they often provide a great excuse to engage students in new ideas and activities. Here are just a few ideas to get you started!
- National Dictionary Day (16th) - create a Wanted Poster or trading card to teach others about your favorite word!
- National Reptile Awareness Day (21st) - research more about these amazing animals and create your own age-level appropriate informational text resources for them.
- International Artists Day (25th) - explore a new artist and have your students create artwork in their style!
Specialty days can provide an excuse for teachers to try new things too.
ISTE has created Flip Your Classroom Day on October 6th to encourage educators to try this new approach to instruction. Tech4Learning Innovative Educator Ali Lederer uses Wixie to support an "In-Class Flip" with her first-graders. Tech4Learning staffer Danielle Abernethy share ways to use Wixie transfer the responsibility for the flip to your students in her article "A Student's Turn to Flip."
No matter what you choose, make October a making month!