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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Double-Entry Prediction Chart

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
A double-entry prediction chart asks students to select passages from the text and make predictions about characters or events. Students will then explain the thinking behind their predictions using text...

Draw-Label-Caption

  • Building Background
  • Investigation
  • Reflection
This activity, where students draw and label a key scene in a text, works well as a pre-writing activity, and also as a reading comprehension activity. It helps students to develop a detailed visualization of...

Elaborative Interrogation

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
This activity helps students to assimilate and consolidate new learning that is consistent with their prior knowledge. Students perform an iterative process of asking and answering the question “Why is this...

Evaluate: Is It Plagiarism?

  • Investigation
Through this activity students will learn how to evaluate a piece of writing to determine whether or not it is plagiarized. This important skill will help them to avoid the ethical violations and disciplinary...

Expository Frameworks

  • Investigation
  • Reflection
  • Synthesis
Through this activity students learn to reorganize their notes to reflect the ideas and relationships embedded in a repertoire of common discourse patterns. Expository frameworks are the structures that...

Expository Text Structure

  • Investigation
  • Launching Into New Content
All readers are better able to understand texts that are familiar to them, both in form and in content. However, many students struggle to identify the various structures that text can take, and they are...

Fake Medical Dictionary

  • Investigation
This is a fun and creative activity through which students can gain facility with morphological analysis, and an appreciation for the generativity of morphemes. Students combine morphemes to create their own “...

Fan-N-Pick

  • Investigation
In this activity students will work in groups to answer questions. Each group member will have a different role. The purpose of the activity is to check for comprehension and refine communication skills. This...

Favorite Passages

  • Investigation
In this activity, students identify passages or short texts that they love. Then, they analyze the writing of these pieces of text to try to determine why they like them so much. They consider multiple aspects...

Feelings Annotation

  • Investigation
Through this activity, students focus on the emotions and internal thoughts of an important character in a text. As they read, they imagine what a key character is feeling, and why. They annotate the text with...

Finish Me Stories

  • Investigation
  • Synthesis
In this prediction activity students will use information from a partially written story as the foundation for the continuation of the story. Students will complete the story by first planning out a sequence...

First Lines

  • Launching Into New Content
First Lines is a pre-reading activity that promotes comprehension by helping students to anticipate a text based on its opening. It helps students to become more adept at framing a text efficiently, and to...

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