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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Concept Collage

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
In this activity students will work in pairs to create a poster illustrating the meaning of key concepts or vocabulary words from a unit by using cutouts of words from ads and articles from newspapers and...

Concept Definition Sort

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
In this activity students will match concepts to their definitions. The purpose of this activity is to help front-load the concepts to be learned. It can help students clarify words before reading to enhance...

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...

Connect Two

  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
In this activity students will make connections between concepts/terms. The purpose of this activity is to help students better understand concepts and how they relate to each other. This activity is best used...

Connection Graphic Organizer

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
This activity provides a highly structured way for students to identify, organize, and process the connections they make with a text. Students are able to recognize and then categorize different types of...

Connection Sentence Stems

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
This activity teaches students how to make specific connections to a text by identifying personal experiences, other texts, and worldly ideas that are related to what they are reading. Students are given...

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...

Conversation Roundtable

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to visually and cognitively organize the different ways in which a poem reflects and comments upon a given theme. Through the use of a graphic organizer, students make explicit the...

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...

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...

Directed Reading Thinking

  • Investigation
Directed Reading Thinking (DRT) promotes reading comprehension by guiding students to question, predict, and then confirm or refute predictions as they read. Students are provided with a structure to scaffold...

Discussion Web

A Discussion Web is an organizational tool that helps students to visualize the key elements of an issue, and quickly identify opposing points of view on the matter. Discussion Webs can guide discussions by...

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