Learning Activities

This section of the Design Lab houses more than 200 activities strategically selected to support young people in learning key skills. Most of the activities can be used in classrooms across multiple content areas (including math!). The Learning Strategy Buttons and Search Filters will provide you with many different ways to explore the collection, allowing you to quickly identify activities for specific instructional plans.

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ABC Brainstorming

  • Launching Into New Content
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to generate connections, ideas, and reactions related to key ideas of a text or a unit of study. Students brainstorm a word or idea that begins with each letter of the alphabet and...

Acronym Mnemonics

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
Through this activity students create acronyms to assist in remembering a process, list, or set of facts. This process develops students’ metacognition, and helps them to become more mindful and effective in...

Adjusting Reading Rate

  • Investigation
This activity teaches students to monitor the relative difficulty of text, and to adjust their reading rate to support comprehension of text at various levels of difficulty. The activity allows students to...

Attribute Sorts

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to organize and remember important and distinguishing information about key people, places, or other ideas from their reading. Students sort a set of prepared attributes under the...

Bloom Questions

  • Investigation
Through this activity, generate questions about a text, and then classify their questions according to Bloom’s Taxonomy. They organize their questions in a pyramid structure that reflects their levels of...

Book Pass

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to find books that they are interested in reading, and that are at an appropriate reading level. It provides a structured way for students to examine many books in a brief amount...

Character Quotations

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
The character quotations activity helps prepare students to read a novel or historical text by building prior knowledge of key figures in the text. Students examine quotations from the key characters, and...

Concept Maps

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
Concept maps are a visual representation of interrelated ideas. Creating concept maps helps students to recognize and remember the hierarchical and horizontal relationships among words and ideas, and to...

Connection Web

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to generate connections with a concept or a text, and to create a visual representation of these connections. Making connections helps students to place their learning within a...

Craft Coding

  • Investigation
Through this activity, students focus intently on the craft of a relatively short piece of text. They read through the text multiple times, each time focusing on different element of craft. They mark the text...

Draw-Label-Caption

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
  • Reflection
This activity, where students draw and label a key scene in a text, works well as a pre-writing activity, and also as a reading comprehension activity. It helps students to develop a detailed visualization of...

Evaluate: Is It Plagiarism?

  • Investigation
Through this activity students will learn how to evaluate a piece of writing to determine whether or not it is plagiarized. This important skill will help them to avoid the ethical violations and disciplinary...

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