50 classroom activities for 6th grade

Posted by Melinda Kolk on May 2, 2023 7:45:00 AM

This blog shares ideas for using Wixie to meet standards and learning goals with sixth 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 sixth grade at: Ideas for 6th Grade.

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What's New - April 2023

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Apr 25, 2023 7:45:00 AM

Tech4Learning has been busy adding new features and resources to Wixie, including Curriculum Guides for supporting English Language Learners, Remote Learning, and Writing in Middle School.

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Topics: Wixie, Tech4Learning

Use How-to Writing to Kick Start and Cement Learning

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Apr 18, 2023 7:45:00 AM

I have seen thousands of digital projects in the last 25 years and a favorite is having students design multi-modal informative how-to's! For starters, procedural writing can be incorporated in any grade level or subject area. It empowers students to become the teacher/expert, motivating students to complete high-quality work. And, let's face it, we can only teach someone else content if we have mastered it first, which inevitably helps us remember the information more effectively in the future.

Win, Win, Win! 

The following ideas share how you can use how-to writing to help students practice sequencing, remediate and retain skills, and create inspiring Public Service Announcements.

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Topics: Wixie, preschool, PreK

Wixie meets the US DOE's criteria for educational technology

Posted by Kimberly Carr on Apr 11, 2023 7:45:00 AM

The Federal funding landscape has changed since the pandemic, placing more emphasis on increasing student achievement by choosing technology that supports the development of the “whole learner.” 

The US Department of Education, Educational Technology Office, suggests four areas to consider when evaluating an EdTech tool for your school or district:

• Active Learning,
• Assessments,
• Supporting Family Involvement, and
• Improving Engagement with Distance Learners.

Wixie can be used to meet the needs of students and educators in all four of these categories to help you support learners with various abilities and close achievement gaps. Here's how.

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Combine Great Literature and Poetry Frameworks to Inspire Writing

Posted by Carolyn Daly on Apr 4, 2023 7:01:00 AM

When students struggle to find their words using traditional writing prompts, poetry allows them to be successful writers without being limited to a formal structure or substantial word count.

Using a formulaic structure, such as a Haiku or Cinquain, can make writing less daunting. This also helps to level the writing field for our most hesitant writers and second language learners.

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words." --Robert Frost

Use the following children's books to model great poetry writing and inspire your students. Each idea includes templates in Wixie you can assign immediately to support student work.

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Topics: Wixie, preschool, PreK

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