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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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...

Word Scramble Prediction

  • Building Background
  • Launching Into New Content
In this activity, adapted from Gallagher’s Deeper Reading (2004), the teacher provides students with a list of intriguing words from a text they will read. The students then read the words and write a...

Word Trees

  • Launching Into New Content
  • Synthesis
Word trees are a visual representation of a set of words, with a branching structure demonstrating the words’ interrelationships. Words that are more frequently or strongly associated to a given word are...

Writer Error Monitoring

This strategy, based on the work of Schumaker & Sheldon (1985), helps students to monitor errors in their writing both effectively and relatively independently. By using the acronym WRITER, they can recall...

Writing Process Analysis

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this activity, students examine multiple drafts of a published text. They identify the changes that the writer made between versions, and they hypothesize about the reasoning behind the changes. This...

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