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Ideas for at-home 5th graders

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 20, 2020 5:00:00 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 fifth 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/fifth-grade

1. Caption a photo to make your own meme

Memes are small snippets of culture that "go viral" via the Internet. Funny photos with captions are common tools of meme generators. Make your own custom meme by adding a caption to a funny photo you have captured in Wixie. You can also search "kiwi" at the Wixie home page to find a funny image of a kiwi. What might he be thinking?

Deep thoughts from a kiwi

Once you have added a caption to the kiwi, or created your own custom meme, copy and paste the URL to your work and share with friends and family.

2. Set goals for your time at home

Take some time to set personal goals you want to accomplish during your time at home. This can help you feel a sense of control. Search "goal" in Wixie to find a range of templates, even one to help you set a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely).

Reach your goal

3. Create and send a digital postcard

After learning something new, tell someone else using a postcard! You could write a postcard from:

Wixie includes several templates (1- or 2-page) you can use to get started. Simply log in to Wixie and search "postcard" to find them.

4. Family recipes

Are you learning to cook or bake while you are at home? Search Wixie for "recipe" and use a template to create a recipe card. Share the URL with a classmate so they can try something new with their family.

wixie-sample-recipe

To create your own collection, go to the File menu, choose Print and select the Table Tent option. Print, fold, and glue.

Use these instructions to make your own soda bread!

5. Make Wanted posters for vocabulary words

The ability to combine text, images, and voice narration makes Wixie an ideal tool for building vocabulary creatively. Use Frayer diagrams, trading cards, and visual vocabulary to cement new terminology.

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More ideas for building vocabulary in Wixie

6. Take a scratch art brain break

When the mind needs a break, a creative activity can help. Remember scratch art? Wixie has a collection of pages with a variety of backgrounds, simply search "scratch" at your Wixie home page. Open a file with a background that sounds interesting and make a design or picture.

wixie-sample-scratch-art

Use the Microphone tool to record a message. Then, copy the URL at the top and send to a friend.

7. Helping those who are helping others.

It seems like so many people around the world are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe, healthy and fed. Ask your student(s) if they could give away 1 million dollars, which charity would they donate it to?

Wixie-sample-charity-donation

8. Design your own how-to video

How are you spending your time when you can't hang out and play with friends? Do you think of something you want to do and look up how to do it on YouTube?

Whether it's something you love to do, or something new you learned, create your own how-to and share it with friends to give them a new idea for a fun at-home activity.

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

9. Practice with the coordinate plane

Search "coordinate" at the Wixie home page to find a series of templates designed to help students practice how to read and represent data on a coordinate plane.

wixie-template-coordinate-map    wixie-template-coordinate-grid

Wixie also includes a series of templates students can use for graphing. From your Wixie home page, open the Templates folder in the list on the left. Then browse the Math folder, the Data Analysis folder, and then the Graphing folder.

10. 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.

student-haiku-sample-1

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

11. 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.

wixie-sample-high-five

12. 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.

  wixie-sample-letter-Percy-Jackson letter

Give students a prompt that requires them to use evidence from text to justify opinions or make an argument.

13. Work with expressions, equations, and data

Wixie includes a folder of math backgrounds students can use to represent expressions, equations, and data. Combine these with the paint tools and virtual manipulatives like algebra tiles to get students playing with numbers for deeper understanding.

wixie-templates-math-5th

To find these backgrounds, log in to Wixie and open the Templates folder in the list on the left. Open the Math folder and then open the Templates folder inside and browse to find the grid, plot, or mat you want to use.

14. New idea coming tomorrow

Come back for details.

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