Skills Development

As educators, we often identify key skills that our students need to learn, but it can be challenging to find activities that specifically address these skills. This part of the Design Lab is devoted to our evolving "Learning Genome" of essential skills, critical for college and career preparation. At this time, we have identified 45 skills. Accompanying each skill description is a growing catalog of associated activities.

As you explore, you will see that each skill is associated with specific learning strategies. The Search Filters will allow you to search for skills associated with individual Common Core Standards, specific content areas, etc.

Learning Strategies


Predicting is one of the first strategies that students learn as they read fictional texts. The ability to make predictions helps readers make connections texts, deepening their understanding as they search for clues about what might come next. Making predictions with nonfiction texts is considerably more challenging, largely because background knowledge provides the context for predictions. Students with significant gaps in content knowledge will tend to struggle with predictions in the sciences, history and social sciences. The activities collected here provide a way to introduce students to predicting.

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