Each Wednesday we shine a spotlight on five student activities that support a broad range of learners. In this week’s roundup of accessible activities, we invite students to reminisce about childhood, analyze an image, enter a contest, write a story and design a camp experience.
2. Read about band camp.
This Lesson of the Day brings students into the world of band camp: places where young people go to share and develop their musical talents while building communities with like-minded people. After reading the highly visual article from the lesson, students can either make a slide show about a summer experience they’ve had or design their perfect camp.
3. Reminisce about the toys, games and foods of childhood.
In this Student Opinion, students learn about a store that sells objects that remind people of their childhoods. After reading the article, students are asked to think about the kinds of things they would put in a store made up of their childhood memories. They can share their responses in the comments section.
4. Look closely at a photograph.
Students can flex their observational and analytical skills by looking at a New York Times photograph without its caption. We ask students: What’s Going On in This Picture? They can share their observations in the comments section and then check back on Thursday afternoon when we reveal the photo’s back story.
5. Participate in a multimedia contest.
Our Coming of Age in 2021 Contest is open to teenagers everywhere, and it’s easy to enter. One quick option? Just have students look through their camera rolls and find images they think say something interesting or important in answer to the question, “What’s it like to be a teenager now?” That’s what Stevia Ndoe did before submitting the image at the top of this post, a winner of our 2020 contest. To see the work of more winners, visit these posts. All the contest rules, along with links to a related teaching unit, are here.