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Ideas for at-home 1st graders

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 18, 2020 4:51:50 PM

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 first grade student(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. Create a digital greeting

Even though it has only been a few days, if you are practicing social distancing, your child is likely missing friends and family. Try forging a connection with a digital message. Simply capture a picture of your child or something they have created and use the microphone tool to record a message. Copy the URL at the top of the Wixie page and email/text to share it.

2. Create a scratch art picture of spring

Use the eraser tool in Wixie to create a scratch art picture of spring - log in to Wixie and search "scratch" for a range of scratch art activities. Use a template like spring or flowers and erase to create a spring design.


3. Learn about artist Piet Mondrian and color in his style

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, is best known for his work that used primary colors, white and black in simplified lines and shapes on canvas. Visit the Tate Museum's page about Mondrian with your child to learn about this artist and his work.

Then use the Mondrian Coloring page in Wixie to create your own version. To find it, search "Mondrian" at your student or teacher Wixie home page.

sample Wixie Mondrian-style art

If your child is ready to create in Mondrian's style, ask them to draw an animal and color it like a Mondrian.

Get a lesson in 5 E's-style

4. Read a story and compare yourself to the main character

Read a story on your own or with a parent. Search "compare" in Wixie and open the "Main Character and Me" Venn diagram template. Add text, pictures and voice narration to show how you are similar and different from the main character. Think about:

  • I live...
  • I look like...
  • I feel...
  • I have...



5. 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.



6. 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.


Step-by-step directions for creating antonyms in Wixie

7. 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.


Seeing Shapes lesson plan with literature connections, samples, and more

8. 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.


9. 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.


10. Share learning about community helpers with a sentence strip

Now more than ever community helpers are essential to the health and success of our world. Have students share what they have learned about a community helper by drawing a picture and writing a sentence.


Students can use the microphone tool to record how they feel this job is important. If you know someone who works in that field, share the project with them to show your appreciation!

11. Use virtual manipulatives

Math manipulatives provide a tangible way to help students see and grasp the nature of numbers and procedures. Search Wixie for "base ten" to find a range of templates that use base ten blocks to help students visualize place value.


More ideas for using Wixie's library of virtual manipulatives for math

12. Explore life cycles

As changes in the seasons become more visible, get students thinking about cycles in nature. Search "cycle" to find templates in Wixie, paint your own, or even tell a cycle story.


13. 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.


14. Reading comprehension: character and setting

Read a book on your own or with a parent. Use the New button to start a new Wixie project. Use the paint tools to draw the main character in a setting from the story. Use the Microphone tool to record a description.


15. 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 lesson plan, including a bar graph activity, on Creative Educator.

16. Adapt your favorite picture book

It's #SchoolLibraryMonth! To celebrate, work as a class to create a new version of your favorite picture book. Explore the Templates>Language Arts>Reading>Literature folder for sample templates or check out these ideas for book adaptations.

Have each student create a single page and then use the Import Pages feature in Wixie to collect them into a single class book. Share the URL with families, export as a PDF or eBook, or embed on your classroom web site.

New idea coming tomorrow

Come back for details.

Topics: Wixie, covid-19

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