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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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...

Three Level Guide

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity, adapted from Barton and Heidema’s Teaching Reading In Mathematics (2009), helps to lead students through the process of solving a mathematical word problem. Using a written guide, students focus...

Three Types of Questions

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity, which is a variation on the Question-Answer-Relationship activity, helps students to use questioning in a structured way, and to generate and distinguish among three different types of questions...

Time Machine

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this activity, inspired by Burke’s The English Teacher’s Companion (1998), students write a scene or story in which the character(s) travel out of the book into today. The purpose of this activity is to...

Tone Map

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
  • Synthesis
This is an activity that helps students to identify tone in a poem, to track how tone evolves over the course of a poem, and to consider how tone contributes to the overall meaning and message of a poem. They...

Topic Equations

  • Investigation
In this activity students will explore their own interests and connect those interests to a specific field of study. The purpose of this activity is to help students find the right research topic in an...

Topic Equations

In this activity students will explore their own interests and connect those interests to a specific field of study. The purpose of this activity is to help students find the right research topic in an...

Tower Theme Writing

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This strategy helps students to plan and structure compositions centered around a theme. They learn a sequence of steps that help them to generate and order ideas, connect paragraphs, revise, and finally to...

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