Accessible reading and writing activities: rangers, school shortages and life passions

Every Wednesday, we spotlight five student activities that support a wide range of learners. In this week’s roundup of accessible activities, we invite students to reflect on their relationship with their pets, find out how the National Park Service’s black rangers bring history to life, and make connections between national shortages in schools and their own schools, watching a short film about rock ‘n’ roll dance in Japan, and analyzing a graph on food budgets.

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1. Share what your pets mean to you.

This Image prompt asks students to reflect on their experiences with pet ownership and share memories about a pet they own or had. Then in the comments section, they can share their thoughts with other students around the world.

2. Find out how National Park Service rangers bring black history to parks.

This Lesson of the day uses photographs and first-person stories to explain how six black rangers bring the story to life. Next, students imagine they are the curator of a gallery exhibit as they create their own visual summary and reflection of the article.

3. Think about pandemic shortages in schools.

In recent months, many schools have experienced shortages of bus drivers, teachers and even food for school lunches. This Student opinion ask students if they have noticed any shortages in their school. Then, in the comments section or during a class discussion, students can share what they’ve noticed and how they think these shortages – especially of lunches – might be affecting young people across the country.

4. Watch a short film and think about your passions.

In this Movie club, students will watch a four-minute film about self-expression, dance and community in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. They will watch the film carefully and think about the question: What special interests and passions do you share with others?

5. Make observations on a graph.

In our What’s going on in this graph feature, we ask students to take a close look at a graph and share what they notice and wonder about the graph, and how it might relate to their own community. If they wish, they can create a catchy title for the graphic. They can share their observations in the comments section and return Thursday afternoon for a reveal with more information.

Scott R. Banks