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Ideas for at-home 3rd graders

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 19, 2020 6:30:00 AM

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 third 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:

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 your own 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. Use emojis to write a story

Emojis started as a time-saving way to communicate emotions without having to type each letter, but have quickly become part of popular culture. Use your student's interest in emojis to encourage creative writing. If needed, provide them with a writing prompt.

Get step-by-step directions for adding emojis to a Wixie project on mobile devices, Chromebooks, as well as new Mac and Windows computers.

5. Homonyms, homophones, and homographs

Homonyms, homophones, and homographs make mastering English difficult, but they are also a fun way to engage students in learning the meaning of different words. Use a combination of imagery and voice recording in Wixie to help students better remember and cement the meaning of these words.


Step-by-step directions

6. Ideas for staying active during quarantine

Most students are restricted from sports classes and practices. Challenge your students to come up with their own at-home "Way to keep moving" in Wixie. Create a template for trading cards or let them start from a blank page.


Collect student's individual pages into a class Wixie project and share the URL with families to give them ideas. 

7. What is this puppy thinking?

Search "pug" at your Wixie home page and open the template. Imagine what it is like to be a puppy. What would make it happy? Type your idea into the pug's thought bubble.


Use the microphone tool to record it's thoughts. Be sure to use a puppy voice!

8. Create a trading card for vocabulary words

Have your student create a vocabulary trading card for each new word they learn while at home. Search "vocabulary" at the Wixie home page to find a template to guide work.


If you plan to make more than one card, open the template, go to the Edit menu and choose Duplicate before you begin each day so you can create an entire set of trading cards! To print multiple Wixie pages onto one sheet of paper, go to the File menu and choose Print. At the Print dialog, select Comic to print six pages to one sheet or Trading card to print nine pages on one sheet.

More ideas for print products you can create with Wixie

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.

Explore an Animal Riddles lesson plan

10. Create visual arrays

Creating arrays is a great way for students to visualize multiplication and see how it is repeated addition. Students can create their own arrays by adding stickers to a blank page or search "array" at your Wixie home page to find pre-made templates.


You can also do a multiplication or array scavenger hunt around your home, capture images, and even write word problems.

11. Write a Haiku

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by writing and illustrating a haiku poem – a 17-syllable verse form consisting of three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

Use the New button in Wixie to start a blank page, add text and illustrate! You can also search "haiku" for a template with additional directions.


Don't forget the kigo! All haiku should contain a word that indicates the season.

You can find a full lesson plan for this idea on Creative Educator

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.


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.

  Saving Winslow letter

Provide a prompt that connects to the story you are reading to direct their thinking and writing.

14. Work with fractions

Wixie includes templates to help students make sense of fractions, from basic halves and fourths to equivalent fractions and even computation. Search "fractions" at your Wixie home page or browse the Templates folder using the path shown below.


To help students apply their thinking about fractions encourage them to write fraction stories.

You can find a full lesson plan for this idea on Creative Educator

15. New idea coming tomorrow

Come back for details.

Topics: Wixie, covid-19

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