As changes in the seasons become more visible, now is a great time to use the Cycle templates in Wixie to get students thinking about cycles in nature.
Cycle diagrams use pictures and text labels to show the stages in a process, such as the water cycle or the life cycle of an organism. Wixie even includes a cycle template students can open on their own. Here's how.
Using the cycle template in Wixie
To begin, have students log in to their Wixie account.
Have students type "cycle" in the Search bar at the top and press the Return key on the keyboard. Then, select the Cycle - 4 template to open it.
They can also select the Templates folder in the list on the left and open General folder and the Graphic Organizers folder to find it.
Students can use the tools draw illustrations for each stage in the cycle.
Students can use the Text button on the toolbar to add and type text labels.
There is a Life Cycles folder in the Stickers library with images for each stage in the life cycle of organisms like plants, butterflies, and frogs. Click the Image button on the toolbar to find them.
Using the cycle activities in the curriculum library
If you are concerned about the time and need a quick formative assessment, you can assign this activity to your students. Simply search "cycle" at your Wixie teacher home page, and assign a cycle template to your students so the file shows up when they log in to Wixie.
Cycles without a template
Students don't have to use a template to showcase their understanding of a cycle. Even young learners can use the tools mentioned above to paint and label a scientific process from a blank page.
To start from a blank canvas in Wixie, simply have students log in and click the New button.
If students haven’t used Wixie yet, they will automatically begin at a blank canvas!
As students gain skills using Wixie's tools to share their learning in the cycle diagram, push them to create longer presentations about each stage in the cycle.
Their work can be straightforward informational text about a cycle or can combine narrative and informational writing to tell the story of the cycle from the first-person perspective of the "main character."