Each Wednesday, we shine a spotlight on five student activities that support a broad range of learners in middle school, high school and beyond. In this week’s roundup of accessible activities, we invite students to learn about influential Latinos, reflect on their family’s screen time and read about flying cars while also practicing their vocabulary.
1. Build your vocabulary while learning about flying cars.
In this short quiz, students read the first several paragraphs of a Times article about flying cars, and see whether they can identify the missing vocabulary words. Then, in the final question, they test their reading comprehension.
2. Reflect on whether you’re spending too much time on your devices.
How much time do you and your family spend using digital devices? Have you been looking at screens more during the pandemic? These are the opening questions we ask in our recent Student Opinion prompt about screen time. In the comments section, or in a class discussion, students can share their own experiences and react to the five tips for reducing family screen time that are presented in the featured article.
3. Watch a short film about a child actor who wasn’t picked for that big role.
“Almost Famous: The Unchosen One” is a 16-minute film that touches on themes of childhood, fame and disappointment. It profiles Devon Michael who was a rising child actor in the 1990s until he auditioned for the role of the young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars.” Reflecting on the experience many years later — the pressure, the criticisms, the dashed hopes — Mr. Michael urges the public not to forget that child actors are just kids. Closed captioning is available.
4. Learn about influential Latinos who died in recent years.
In this lesson, students will learn about seven important Latinos from the past — artists, teachers, lawyers, writers and activists — through their obituaries. Then they choose one person to learn more about and create a one-pager about him or her.
5. Look closely at an intriguing photograph.
In this activity, students carefully study a New York Times photograph without its caption as they answer the question: 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.