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First Projects for Primary: Cycles

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Feb 19, 2019 8:25:27 AM

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.

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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 cycle templates students can open on their own. Here's how.

Using the cycle template in Wixie

To begin, log in to your Wixie teacher account. Type "cycle" in the Search bar at the top and press the Return key on the keyboard. You have 2 options to assign to your primary learners.

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Select the three dots below the Cycle - 4 template and choose Assign from the drop-down menu that appears.

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If you select the middle of the Cycle - 4 template, it will open in the Wixie editor. To assign, simply go to the File menu and choose Assign.

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Choose the date and time you want for the activity and select Save.

When your students log in to Wixie, they will see the template at the top of their home page.

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Note: Students can also select the Templates folder in the list on the left of their home page and open the Graphic Organizers folder to find and open this template on their own.

Students can use the paint tools to add illustrations for each stage in the cycle. 

Students can use the Image button on the toolbar to find them. 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 

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Students can use the Text button on the toolbar to add and type text labels.

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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.

wixie-sample-primary-cycle

To start from a blank canvas in Wixie, simply have students log in and click the New button.

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If students haven’t used Wixie yet, they will automatically begin at a blank canvas!

Cycle stories

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."

Explore a Cycle Stories lesson here.

Happy creating!

Topics: Wixie, graphic organizer

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