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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Syllable Mapping

  • Investigation
This activity guides students to create visual representations of the ways in which words are connected through their syllabic structure. Students create a web with a key word in the center, with that word’s...

Syllable Repeated Readings

  • Investigation
For this activity, students divide several target words into syllables. Then, they arrange these component syllables on a chart (called a RAN, or Rapid Automatized Naming, chart), and practice reading the...

Tableau

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
In this activity students will create frozen scenes from significant events in their reading. The purpose of the activity is to identify important scenes from the reading and analyze character behavior. This...

Tap and Count

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to organize the process of planning and writing a composition. It focuses students on remembering their purpose in writing, the audience they are targeting, and that their...

Text Feature Grid

  • Investigation
This activity develops awareness of the many textual features that may be present in different types of texts, and helps students to draw meaning from these text features. When students are aware of the...

That Was Then,This is Now

The purpose of this activity is to help students explore the way characters or settings have changed or not changed over the course of the text. It will help students make connections between the causes and...

The Action-Feelings-Setting Strategy

  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
Action Feelings Setting is a strategy for planning and executing writing that helps students to focus on critical elements of a story and to include important and engaging elements. It can be used to plan new...

The Woody Allen

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this activity, inspired by Burke’s The English Teacher’s Companion (1998), students will conduct an imaginary interview with the friends and family of a character in which they try to help the reader...

Theme Triangle

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this activity, adapted from Gallagher’s Deeper Reading (2004), students will explore theme through a variety of media. After students have finished a novel they will identify one of the themes of the novel...

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...

Thought Bubbles

  • Investigation
Thought Bubbles are effective ways for students to be aware of what they are thinking and how they are processing new information. It also gives teachers opportunities to assess students’ understanding of...

Three Degrees of Separation

In this activity students will identify a theme from a text and then research and compare the presence and impact of that theme in the modern world. This activity works best with texts with a social justice...

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