As the calendar year comes to a close, you can use Wixie to help reflect on events during the year and encourage student writing, data collection, and digital-age communication skills.
Use Wixie to help students reflect on events this year and identify what they did well, what they enjoyed, and how they grew.
When students log in to Wixie, have them open the Templates folder, open the Month-by-Month folder and open the December folder to find the Year End Round Up file.
Students can add their picture from their device's camera and type text to describe their year. You can even have them practice recording, either reading the text, introducing themselves, or sharing additional information.
Have students print their file to share with their families. If they recorded narration, share the project URL with families.
You can help them better articulate their reflection when they get home by having them share their reflections first with a classmate. You might also want to combine their individual work into a single file to present all of their pages at the front of the room during a class party to celebrate the end of year (and beginning of winter vacation!).
You can build skills with narrative writing by asking students to share their favorite memory from the year. This could be as simple as a "sentence strip" approach that combines a single sentence with an illustration, a more complex 5 Senses poem, or even a longer narrative writing piece.
You may already use a small-moment structure to help emerging writers build their craft. Have students add these stories into Wixie, either by typing or simply recording voice narration. Add illustrations to support events in the story and publish as an eBook they can share with family over the holidays.
If students need some encouragement to begin writing, you can have them start by using the Design a Snow Globe file (again accessible to students from their Templates library) to create a scene about their favorite memory from the year. They can use the scene to identify descriptive details to add to their story. There is even "snow globe"clip art in Wixie that students can add to place their scene in a realistic looking snow globe.
A Year of Data
While personal reflections are powerful, you can also work with students to design and complete a survey of trends for the year. If students are new to surveys and graphing, choose a context such as favorite foods of 2018.
If students have graphed data before, work with students to craft their own surveys. Survey topics could include opinions about most difficult classes, favorite memories from school, or even most used slang words.
You can encourage digital-age communication skills by asking students to transform the data into a Year-in-Review infographic.
Help everyone's year end on a high-note by creating a compliment card for another student. To help spread the love beyond friendship and popularity, have everyone draw a name of a classmate and craft a compliment specific to this person. Share this great list of positive words to encourage a range of compliments.
Happy creating and have a wonderful end to your year!