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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Wixie and the Real World of Math: Swimming Pool Volume

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 23, 2020 10:26:45 AM

With the introduction of volume, fifth-grade students learn to measure three-dimensional space. Recognizing volume and understanding it as a measurement of a space involving cubic units is an important skill. Wixie includes a Swimming Pool Volume template to provide opportunities for a guess-and-check calculation of volume in a real world context.

Editor's Note: This blog is part of a series of posts from former math specialist Scott Loomis on the real world math templates he has created for Wixie and how you can use and modify them for your own awesome performance tasks. You can read the backstory on his experience and expertise below. 

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Wixie and the Real World of Math: Mini Golf Measurements

Posted by Scott Loomis on Apr 13, 2020 10:49:23 AM

One could easily argue that there is no more authentic math calculation than determining the area and perimeter. There are countless examples of 'real world' applications including:

  • the necessity to calculate the perimeter of a room before deciding on the amount of carpet or crown molding you need to buy, or 
  • calculating the perimeter of your yard to better estimate the amount of grass seed or fertilizer required.

One of my all time favorite examples involves a mini golf course design. I remember fondly spreading out pieces of carpet and wooden two-by-fours on the floor of my fifth-grade classroom. My students then completed a performance assessment in which they had to calculate the area and perimeters of a handful of given hole designs, so they could order the correct amount of material. Finally, they could create their own design and have a friend attempt the calculations. You can use Mini Golf Measurements activity in Wixie to do the same activity.

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Topics: Wixie, math, real world of math

Managing student work with at-home learners

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 26, 2020 2:25:17 PM

The Wixie assignment tools make it easy to manage at-home learning. With Wixie, your students can combine text, images, original artwork and voice narration to build math skills, tell stories, compare information and share their learning.  Assigning work to students lets them know how you want to them use Wixie and makes it easy to manage their work, provide feedback, and evaluate effort and achievement.

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Topics: assignments, covid-19, feedback

50 at-home learning ideas 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. 

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.)

Find more ideas, samples, and lessons for fifth-grade at: https://static.wixie.com/edu/fifth-grade

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Topics: Wixie

50 at-home learning ideas for 4th grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 19, 2020 7:00:00 AM

This blog shares ideas for using Wixie to meet standards and learning goals with fourth graders, whether they are learning at school or at home. 

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.)

Find more ideas, samples, and lessons for fourth-grade at: https://static.wixie.com/edu/fourth-grade

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Topics: Wixie

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