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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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...

Town Hall Circle

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
In this activity, adapted from Facing History and Ourselves, students will participate in a structured discussion. The purpose of the town hall circle is to provide a space for students to share different...

Transcribing a Text

  • Investigation
In this activity, students listen to an audio text and attempt to transcribe it into written form. This activity encourages students to listen closely and to notice the details of a text, such as sentence...

Travel Brochure

Through this creative activity, students create a travel brochure advertising the key features of the physical setting of a story they are writing or reading. It encourages them to isolate the most important...

TREE for Persuasive Writing

  • Investigation
This activity helps students to organize the process of planning and writing a persuasive or opinion text. The mnemonic TREE (Harris & Graham, 1992) is an acronym that stands for: T: Topic sentence R:...

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...

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