If your child uses Wixie at school, they can log in at home to creating and sharing their learning through a combination of text, images, and voice narration! Your child's teacher may even be suggesting activities by assigning templates that will show at the top of your child's Wixie home page. (If your child doesn't have Wixie, sign up for a free trial account you can use for 90-days.)
This blog will share ideas for using Wixie with your second grader(s) at home. New ideas will be posted each day, so bookmark this page to find new activities you can try together or help them get started working on their own.
You can also get a range of ideas at: https://static.wixie.com/edu/second-grade
1. Brainstorm signs of spring
Regardless of the current weather outside on the vernal equinox, what are the signs of spring in your area? Search "spring" or "cluster" at your Wixie home page, add what you see (or even hear, smell, taste, and feel) this spring to each petal.
2. Create a superhero
Create your own super hero! What powers will they have? How will they help people? Where did they and their powers come from? If you need a bit of direction to get started, search "superhero" in Wixie to find a Superhero ID card.
3. Create an animal alliteration
Create an amazing animal alliteration - a short sentence in the noun–verb–noun format, such as “Birds build bubbles.” Use Wixie's paint tools to illustrate and record your voice to narrate your sentence.
4. Create a collage
Add images to a blank Wixie page to represent something. For example, you could represent events in story or your day or even things you see during a particular season.
5. Explore antonyms
Explore antonyms with your child. Read Dr. Seuss's The Foot Book and create a list of antonyms with your child. You can start them off with things like hot/cold, high/low.
Have your child create a page in Wixie that illustrates an antonym pair. Use the microphone tool to record their explanation.
6. Go on a shape hunt
Read a book like The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss. Then walk around your home and find shapes, like rectangles and triangle, or even cylinders and spheres.
Use the Image button and Camera tab to capture the shapes you find and add them to Wixie. Search "3D" for a book template.
7. Make a wish
Search for "wish" at your Wixie home page and open the My Wish activity. Use the Image button and Camera tab to capture a photo of yourself blowing out a dandelion. Select the circle shape below the tools to change it from a rectangle to an oval. Type your wish in the bubble.
8. Take a 5-senses walk
Go outside and walk around your yard or neighborhood. What do you see, hear, smell, touch, or taste? When you come back inside, search Wixie for "observation" and open the 5 Senses Observation template. Add text or pictures to show what you observed for each sense.
9. Create an animal riddle
Create a riddle to challenge other student's knowledge about animals. Choose your favorite animal or learn about one you didn't know about before.
10. Real World of Math: Post Office Problems
Students’ use of computation skills coincides with the ability to solve word problems involving money. Search "Post Office Problems" to find a template that asks students apply computation skills to solve stamp-buying questions.
Former math specialist Scott Loomis has an entire series of Real World of Math templates. Find out more
11. Create a personal timeline
Have students add photos and images to create a timeline that shows important events in their life. Search "timeline" at your Wixie home page for a template. Add text to each bubble and images for an event or two. Use the microphone tool to record a summary. Share with family and friends by copying and pasting the URL.
Extend student thinking by asking them to add another page and draw pictures of where they see themselves in the future.
12. Send a virtual high five
Many people are going above and beyond to respond to the pandemic. Show your appreciation with a virtual high-five. Has a friend connected on a regular basis, did you meet a friendly new neighbor, open something fun from your grandparents?
Search "five" in Wixie, add text or voice narration to show your appreciation, and decorate with paint and images. Copy the project URL to share digitally via email.
Right now most people are going above and beyond to respond to the pandemic. Show your appreciation with a virtual high-five. Has a friend connected on a regular basis, did you grandparent send something nice? Search for \"five\" at your Wixie home page and add text or voice narration to show you appreciate their being amazing. Use the paint tools and Image options to decorate.
13. Write a letter to or between characters in a story
Taking the perspective of a character in a story can help students understand their motivations and better comprehend their response to events in a story. Assign a stationery template, use the Stationery backgrounds, or have students design their own.
Provide a prompt that connects to the story you are reading to direct their thinking and writing.
14. Simple surveys and great graphs
Survey your friends, family members, and neighbors about a favorite book, sport, food, game, or at-home activity. Collect your survey findings using tally marks to practice counting.
Find a complete lesson plan on Creative Educator.
15. New idea coming tomorrow
Come back for details.