Weekly accessible learning activities: dog walker, inner critic, immigration history

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Every Wednesday, we shine the spotlight on five student activities that support a wide range of learners. In this week’s roundup of accessible activities, we invite students to learn about careers in their community, reflect on their relationship with their inner critic, watch a film about the history of immigration between Mexico and the United States, read a winning essay from our STEM Writing Contest, and respond to the racist Buffalo massacre.

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1. Learn about life as a dog walker.

In this Lesson of the day students will learn the daily routine and responsibilities of a dog walker in Brooklyn, New York. They will reflect on their own work experiences and then interview a community member about their work.

2. Share how they treat their inner critic.

This Student review Ask students to think about that little voice in their head that creates doubts or criticism. They will read an illustrated story about the inner critic and share if, and how, they relate to it. Students can discuss their answers in a class discussion, write a short essay, or share their thoughts in the comments section.

3. Watch a film about the history of Mexican immigration to the United States.

In this movie club students watch a film that traces the history of the US-Mexico border from 1848 to the present day. Students will learn how the border between the two countries became so political and contentious and share what they can learn from this history.

4. Read an entry from our STEM Student Writing Contest.

Our 3rd Annual STEM Writing Contest features writing from students around the world who, in 500 words or less, explain a problem or question in science, technology, engineering, math, or health. Invite students to read one of the winning essays and then respond to it: What did they learn? What does the essay make them want to research or study?

5. Respond to the Buffalo, NY Racist Massacre

This Student review provides space for students to share their thoughts and feelings about what happened in Buffalo on May 14 when a white teenager opened fire on a supermarket, methodically shooting and killing 10 people and wounding three others, nearly all black. Before responding, they should read – individually or as a class – the featured article which details what is known about the shooting.

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