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 learn about how a shower bus helps those without access, share about a chance encounter, reflect on when it’s good to quit, look closely at an intriguing photograph and write a story based on an illustration of a park bench.
1. Learn about a community-supported shower bus.
In this Lesson of the Day, students learn about a shuttle bus that has been converted into a shower bus to serve people who do not have consistent access to showering. Then, they use a photograph to reflect on how people in their community support each other.
2. Reflect on a chance encounter.
Our Student Opinion prompt asks students respond to the question: Have you ever had a memorable encounter in your city or community? Inspired by a Metropolitan Diary about an exchange with a stranger, students will share a story of a surprising, inspiring or delightful meeting with a stranger in their community. They can share their stories with their classmates, or in the comments section of the prompt.
3. Watch a film about quitting.
Can quitting ever be a good thing? Should perseverance be a choice versus a default? These are some of the questions explored in the film featured in our Film Club. After watching the five-minute Opinion video, students will respond to the questions: Is quitting a sign of weakness or strength? When, if ever, is it good to quit?
4. Try to figure out what is happening in a photograph.
In this week’s What’s Going On In This Picture, students will look closely at a black and white photograph and make observations. As they study the image, they can read what other students have noticed in the comments section, and share what they think is happening in the photograph.
5. Tell a story based on an image.
In this Picture Prompt, students will look at the image and then tell a story, real or made up, about what they think is happening. After using their imagination to come up with a story, they can share their writing — and read the writing of other students — in the comments section.