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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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 Text Features to Question

In this activity students will read text features, create a question based on a feature, and then read the text to answer the question. The purpose of this activity is to encourage students to utilize text...

Visual Timeline

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
Visual timelines are similar to traditional timelines, but include images or drawings. They are one tool to help students with the sequencing of events. They can be an effective tool for analyzing a piece of...

Visual Timeline

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
Visual timelines are one tool to help students with sequencing. Theycan be effective for analyzing a piece of text by identifying a storyarc orcharacter development, or for trackingspecific events over the...

Vocabulary Strategy

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
This activity helps students to understand and remember the meaning of novel words presented in a text or a unit of study. Students are guided to create images and/or mnemonics to help them to learn key words.

What-Why-How Strategy

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this activity, adapted from Teaching That Makes Sense ( www.ttms.org ), students will make predictions, provide reasons, and use evidence from the text as support. Students will then write prediction...

Word Game

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
Visual timelines are similar to traditional timelines, but include images or drawings. They are one tool to help students with the sequencing of events. They can be an effective tool for analyzing a piece of...

Word Grab Bag

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity engages students in previewing a text by scanning it to pull out interesting names, words, and phrases. Students then use this “word grab bag” to write their own composition, which can serve as a...

Word Problem Roulette

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity, adapted from Barton and Heidema’s Teaching Reading In Mathematics (2009), helps students to develop their ability to solve math word problems by collaborating on problems as a group, and then...

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