50 classroom activities for 5th grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

This blog shares ideas for using Wixie to meet standards and learning goals with fifth graders, whether they are learning at school or at home. Select the image for each idea or use the text link to open a template you can assign as a teacher, or use as a student, immediately.

Find more ideas, samples, and lessons for fifth grade 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? (template)

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 it with friends and family.

2. Set smart goals 

 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). (template)

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. (template)

4. Create a culture poster 

Creating a safe and respected community culture in your classroom is essential. Have students complete and share a culture poster about themselves that includes where they are from, family traditions, and more (template).


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. (template)


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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. (template)


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?


8. Design your own how-to book or presentation 

What can your students teach others? Procedural writing is an excellent way for students to become experts in a topic and feel confident about their ability to share the information with others. So, whether students are sharing content or a process they struggled to understand or something they are passionate about, a how-to assignment is the perfect task to cement learning and inspire others. Use this multi-page blank book (template) or search "procedure" or "presentation" in Wixie to find other templates you can use. 


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. (template)

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

Celebrate your student's writing by having them write and illustrate 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" to find a variety of seasonal designed templates or use this general haiku template.


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

Explore a Harmonious Haiku lesson plan

11. Send a virtual high five

Show your appreciation for others with a virtual high-five. Has a friend connected with you on a regular basis, did your grandparents send something nice?  (template)


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.

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. (template)

  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.


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. Publish a personification story

Have students personify an object, use Wixie to write and illustrate a story about it, and publish their work as an eBook!

Explore a Personification Stories lesson plan

15. American Revolution projects

When every student completes the same task, like creating a trading card or comic, project work is easier to manage. While this is effective, students also thrive with choice! 

Explore these samples from students studying the American Revolution. Create a choice board or task your students with sharing their learning in the medium they choose.

16. Paint with pointillism

Challenge students to create paintings with pointillism! Use Wixie's paintbrush tool, adjust the size and color, and click the page to make a dot. Change the size of the dots and color to form a larger image.

wixie-sample-pointillism-turtle  wixie-sample-pointillism-savannah

Explore a 5 E's-style lesson for this project

17. Create visual versions of poetry

Wixie makes it easy to create visual poems to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Open a new blank project, type a poem from your favorite poet or one you have written, adding stanzas to each page. Add illustrations and record yourself reading it.

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

18. Inform with Infographics

Research information or collect data on a science topic. Create charts and graphs, analyze the information, and create an infographic to display your findings. You can find a variety of infographic designs by going to Templates>Infographics. 


Explore a Creating infographics lesson plan

19. Design a new book cover

Have students create a new cover design for a book they are reading to demonstrate comprehension and explore character, plot, setting, symbolism, and conflict. (template)

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

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20. Celebrate a hero without a cape

Real-world heroes do not have to wear a cape or possess superpowers. A hero can be a nurse or a police officer, but also a parent or teacher. Interview someone you consider a hero and share your interview to spread the word about their amazing deeds.

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

21. Create an Arcimboldo-inspired self-portrait

Giuseppe Arcimboldo is an Italian Renaissance painter known for his portraits of people that use objects like fruit and books. Challenge students to create Arcimboldo-style self-portraits by combining clip art images in Wixie. Browse the Curriculum library and Art to find a template to support student work. (template)

wixie-sample-arcimboldo-portrait  wixie-sample-arcimboldo-story

Explore an Arcimboldo-Inspired Self-Portraits lesson plan

22. Create a character scrapbook

Ask students to demonstrate knowledge about a character's physical traits, feelings, experiences, and actions by creating a digital scrapbook for them. Students can include images of important events, diary entries, objects important to the character, letters from a friend, and more. (template)

Explore a Character Scrapbook lesson plan

23. Create a Historical Newspaper

Have students create a newsletter or newspaper to show what they have learned about the events, politics, and culture of a different time in history. (template)


Explore a Day in the Life lesson plan 

24. Raise awareness with a public service announcement

Students in fifth grade are starting to have the capabilities and passions to change the world, and Earth Day usually gets them interested and fired up about environmental issues. Students can use Wixie to combine images with voice narration to raise awareness, inform, and change behavior.

When developing a public service announcement (PSA), students have a chance to practice and apply persuasive writing skills in a real-world, authentic context. A short PSA targeted at a particular audience also encourages students to focus on writing organization, as well as voice and word choice.

Explore a Don't Let the Earth Down lesson plan

25. Create a neighborhood field guide

Ask students to go outside, or even look out a window, and simply observe the plants and animals there. Have them find a plant they find beautiful or an animal that interests them. Use the paint tools in Wixie to carefully record their observations along with text labels and insights to share what they notice. (template)


Students can then use their observations and sketches along with a field guide to help them identify the species if they don't know what it is. They can add additional information or notes to create a field guide for the species that live nearby. (template)


Explore a Fantastic Field Guides lesson plan

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26. Draw your own Tree for Arbor Day

Gustav Klimt's "Tree of Life" is one of his most recognizable paintings. Search "Klimt" in Wixie and use the Eraser tool to create your own Klimt-style tree using a scratch art-style template. (template)


Scratch art drawing in Wixie is done with the Eraser tool, not the paint brush! 

27. Write a blackout poem

To write a blackout poem, you cover up words on a page of text until the leftover words form a poem. Search "blackout" in Wixie to find templates containing a page of text from Tom Sawyer (template), Shakespeare (template), Lewis Carroll (template), and more. 

wixie-sample-blackout2-1  wixie-sample-blackout1

Read the text and circle words you find interesting, then read them in order to listen to your poem. Circle additional words to fill out the idea and blackout (or pink-out, as the case may be) the rest of the words and add additional painted decoration.

28. Craft a concrete poem

Concrete poems are poems where the words are arranged in a shape that reflects the topic of the poem. Write your poem in small phrases or stanzas and use the rotate handle above a text box in Wixie to adjust the direction. 


29. Create tourism materials to promote a state or country

To help students better understand the unique features of a state or country, have them use Wixie to develop materials to promote that location and create a pitch to attract visitors to this location at a virtual tourism trade show. (template)

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

30. Express your gratitude

Research has shown that people who practice gratitude tend to be happier and less depressed. Throughout the school year, have your 6th graders practice expressing their gratitude for the things they have been given and the people in their lives.

Explore Wixie's Social Emotional Learning folder of activities or search "gratitude" for  additional activities. (template


31. Create your digital footprint

Have students fill in the digital footprint template with examples of social media posts and headlines they would like others to see when they search for their name in the future. (template)

Wixie includes an entire Digital Citizenship folder of templates you can also use to help foster and support healthy digital habits, like being cyber safe, determining if online news is real or fake, and balancing time online with other activities.


Explore other ideas for supporting digital citizenship 

32. Create a thank you card for a teacher or staff member

Open the Templates at your Wixie home page and open the Stationery folder to find a thank you note starter you can use to type a letter to your teacher. Better yet, start a blank Wixie page and use the paint tools to create an original drawing. You can also use the image button and camera option to capture your picture! (template


Use the microphone tool to record your voice and let your person know how much you appreciate them! 

33. Deepen understanding of volume

Recognizing volume and understanding it as a measurement of a space involving cubic units is an important skill for understanding how to measure three-dimensional space. Search "pool" in Wixie for a multi-page assignment where students identify the formula for volume, calculate the area of a given rectangular prism pool, and then create their own pool designs for a specific volume - identifying the length, width, and height. (template)

wixie-template-pool-volume1  wixie-template-pool-volume3

Read more about this real world of math lesson

34. Create a book bento

Create a book bento to retell important details about a text or to visually celebrate your favorite title. Search "bento" in Wixie for a fun background, then arrange images about the book and add hyperlinks for an interactive collage. (template)


35. Craft an If/But Comparative

Comparing and contrasting is a powerful learning tool, as shown by educational research. Crafting an If/But comparative report is not only a fun way to share knowledge, it promotes both analytical, and creative, thinking. Have students craft an If/But comparative report to showcase how two topics they are studying, such as animals, book characters, or geographic regions, are similar and different.


36. Paint your own pop art

Explore the ideas of pop art and mass appeal (think Andy Warhol). Search "pop art" in Wixie for a template you can use to design a pop art montage. Add stickers and use the invert colors option or glue stickers down and use paint bucket to fill with different colors. (template)


37. Create an ABC's of... Book

After researching and learning about a topic such as geography, weather, American Revolution, or even the unique history and geography of your state, have students use Wixie to create an alphabet book to share knowledge they have learned, organizing their writing using the ABC’s. (template)


Have them each complete a book, or assign each student a single page and combine into a class book using Wixie's Project Wizard feature.

Explore an ABC Book lesson plan

38. Create a mandala

Mandalas have been around for thousands of years and are highly structured forms of art that use repetitive patterns. Have students create their own mandala using a range of shapes and/or stickers in Wixie. (template)


39. Write your own word problems

Visualizing word problems in Wixie by using the paint tools to draw models or by adding images from the media library can help students better identify key pieces of a problem and the relations between them. 

wx-wp-5-fractionsGet step-by-step directions and more ideas for getting started with word problems in Wixie.

40. Compose a melody

Wixie includes a library of music notation students can use to compose their own music. Search compose to find a simple template with notes and rests already included and this notation library attached to the Image button. Have students record themselves singing their melody or playing their compositions on a recorder or keyboard. (template)

41. Create surrealist art

Inform students about surrealism. You might inspire them with by reading a book like Pish, Posh, Hieronymous Bosch. Have students use Wixie's symmetry paint options to create bizarre creatures juxtaposed around a normal self-portrait. Write a poem about the way the surrealism feels.


Explore a Surreal Symmetry lesson plan

42. Create comics, cartoons, and even graphic novels

Comics and cartoons are a great way to engage students in the stories they are reading, the information they are researching, and the ideas they are exploring in your curriculum. Use them for narrative writing, retelling, sharing understanding, teaching others, raising awareness, and more. (template)

Explore additional ideas and lesson plans for creating comics

43. Conduct an interview with a figure from history

Research a historical event and share your newfound knowledge and opinions as you conduct a fictitious interview with a person who was there. (template)

More ideas for conducting interviews

44. Work with number patterns

Patterns are all around us. Use your detective skills to figure out what number will solve the pattern in the template. Add a page in Wixie and use the number stickers to create a growing pattern for someone else to solve. (template)


45. Create a historical survival guide

Combine research, empathy, and how-to writing by asking students to create a how-to or survival manual for a time in history you are studying. What tools are essential? What strategies should you employ? Where should you go? How will you get there?

46. Build your creativity

Creativity is an essential skill for success in the digital age! Wixie makes it easy to build your creativity as you play. Browse the Templates folder and then the General folder to find and open the "creativity practice" template. Use the paint tools to turn circles into recognizable objects (à la Edward de Bono!) (template)


47. Plan an event

From class parties to birthday bashes, planning a party, and getting others to (help) pay for it requires students to practice and apply both math and argument skills. Search Wixie for "party" to find a template you can use to evaluate if students have the addition and decimal skills necessary. (template)


Then, choose an event, like an end-of-the-year class party and ask students to plan the event and share how much it is going to cost.

Explore a complete lesson plan for this idea on Creative Educator.

48. Write your own tall tale

Legends and tall tales are stories filled with unbelievable events or exaggerations that explain a person’s character or how something came to be. In this project, students write, illustrate, and record their own tall tale about a historical figure or location.


Explore a Legends and Tall Tales lesson plan

49. Create a Wanted poster for a story's antagonist

It is often the antagonist that makes a story interesting or gives a plot direction. Have students create wanted posters for villains in the stories they are reading to evaluate comprehension and help them consider how they might craft a villain to add impact to their own writing. (template)


50. Create Silhouette Art

A silhouette is a sharp outline or shadow of an object. While students can always draw silhouette outlines, they can also create them using stickers from the Image library.

Start a new blank page. Use the Image button to find and add a sticker to the page. Simple stickers are best. This may also be a great time to talk about horizon line. 

Have students select each sticker, go to the Edit menu and choose Glue to Paint layer. Use the paint bucket to fill each sticker with black. Clean up spaces with the paint brush and add ground if necessary. Finally, select the Arrow tool and use the Background Picture button to find a colorful background!

silhouette-graduate  silhouette_savannah

Explore a Spooky Silhouettes lesson plan

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