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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Guided Imagery

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
Guided imagery helps students to activate background knowledge, and to preview a text in preparation for reading. Students use words and images from the text to generate multisensory visualizations of text...

Letters to the Editor

  • Synthesis
This activity engages students in analyzing their audience, and adjusting their rhetoric according to audience characteristics. Students write letters about the same topic to the editors of two different...

Math Process Logs

  • Investigation
Using a Math Process Log, students describe their understanding of a problem, and the steps they use to solve it. Their worksheet guides them through the problem solving process, without prescribing a...

Oral History

The purpose of this activity is to provide an opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of the time period in which the text is set. Students will use questioning strategies to interview people...

Problem/Solution Matchup

  • Investigation
This activity encourages students to think about the content of what they are learning through the lens of problem/solution. They examine a set of “puzzle pieces,” half of them problems, and half of them...

Question Formulation Technique (QFT)

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This flexible activity, developed by the Right Question Institute, can be used to help students to more effectively learn about any text or topic. It leads students through a set of steps through which they...

Spider Maps

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity helps students to become familiar with key concepts or events from a text or a unit of study, and to categorize these concepts or events as either main ideas or supporting details.

THIEVES

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity guides students to preview a text effectively by drawing their attention to important textual elements, and helping them to make predictions and anticipate meaning. Students use the acronym...

Using Media to Generate a Topic

  • Launching Into New Content
This activity is used when students need to generate a topic for a writing assignment or project. It is most useful when the topic choice is fairly open-ended. By exploring a range of media, students explore...

13 Views

  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
In this activity students will write a poem that synthesizes information that they have read. Each stanza of the poem represents a different view of a character or an event. The purpose of this activity is to...

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...

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