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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Questioning the Author

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to connect the content of a text with the author’s perspective and intention, and in doing so to develop a richer understanding and appreciation of the text. This process helps...

Quote and Comment

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity helps students to generate connections, ideas, and reactions related to the key ideas of a text or a unit of study. Students go on a gallery walk, looking at and reading displays of key...

RAFT

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to plan and organize their writing. The mnemonic RAFT is an acronym that stands for: R : Role of the writer A : Audience F : Format T : Topic Through the use of this mnemonic,...

Re-Creating Text

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity encourages reading comprehension by helping students to engage with text both emotionally and cognitively. Students are asked to re-create a text in another medium: a song, poem, play, film, or...

Reader Response

  • Investigation
In this activity, students are challenged to think deeply about a section of text, and to identify the main idea of that section. They work to find a variety of details in the text that support their choice of...

Reader's Theater

  • Investigation
Many students struggle to engage emotionally with text. They may read the words but not really process the meaning, and they may have trouble relating to the characters and the content. Reader’s Theater allows...

Reading Check-Ins and Checklists

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
A reading checklist scaffolds students’ ability to monitor their own process and comprehension as they read. Students pause at designated points to fill out a “check-in,” to ensure that they are staying on...

Reading Guides

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
Reading guides can help to scaffold students in their application of reading comprehension strategies, and to support them in their reading and comprehension of complex texts. Teachers create questions and...

Reading Organizer

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to succeed at reading and comprehending text that might otherwise be too challenging for them. The teacher provides students with a reading graphic organizer that provides them...

Reciprocal Teaching

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
Reciprocal Teaching engages students in collective reading and discussion of books. Students learn to guide group discussion and to adopt various roles to engage in four strategies of interaction with text...

Refutational Text

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
This activity helps foster comprehension and acceptance of ideas that might be counterintuitive to many learners, and is particularly helpful for weaker students. Instead of simply defending an idea through...

Related Word Webs

  • Investigation
This activity guides students to identify the multiple forms of a word. Students write each word in the center of a page, and then write words that are related around the central word. This activity helps...

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