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.

Questioning

As we progress in school, we often lose site of the art of questioning as a way to develop a deep understanding of something. Asking how and why questions is a powerful way to explore the deeper layers of a text or idea. This collection of activities provides many different avenues for helping students reconnect to their natural curiosity about ideas.

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Author Interview

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
Author Interview is an activity used to deepen readers’ understanding of character, plot, the author’s message, or theme. By questioning the author’s choices in narrative development, students consider 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...

Coding the Text

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity provides an organized and time-sensitive way for students to respond in multiple ways to a text as they are reading. By using a pre-established “code,” students indicate a variety of responses...

Cornell Notes

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
Cornell Notes is a flexible note-taking system that helps students to create organized and useful class notes, and to review and learn from these notes later. It is simple to learn and widely adaptable to...

Costa's Questioning

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to generate and classify questions at three levels: Gathering Information Processing Information Applying Information This framework helps to expand and structure students’...

Elaborative Interrogation

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to assimilate and consolidate new learning that is consistent with their prior knowledge. Students perform an iterative process of asking and answering the question “Why is this...

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...

Fan-N-Pick

  • Investigation
In this activity students will work in groups to answer questions. Each group member will have a different role. The purpose of the activity is to check for comprehension and refine communication skills. This...

Guided Peer Questions

  • Investigation
This group questioning activity helps students to learn effectively from a teacher presentation or a text. When engaged in Guided Peer Questioning, students are able to process, clarify, and extend the content...

Guided Self-Questioning

  • Investigation
This individual questioning activity helps students to learn effectively from a teacher presentation or a text. When engaged in Guided Self-Questioning, students are able to process, clarify, and extend the...

Heading Guiding Questions

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to use a text feature of many textbooks and other nonfiction texts to aid comprehension. Students identify headings and subheadings, and convert each into a guiding question that...

I Wonder Poem

  • Building Background
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity encourages students to develop their curiosity about a topic by asking authentic questions in the form of a poem. Using the poem “I Wonder” by Jeannie Kirby as a model, students express their own...

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