Weekly Accessible Learning Activities: Lead Poisoning, Mindfulness, Community

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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 the history of lead poisoning, reflect on their relationship to mindfulness and meditation, comment on a photograph, write a short story or a poem and share how they come together with their community .

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1. Learn about the history and risks of lead in pipes and paint.

This Lesson of the day teaches students about the history and dangers of lead poisoning. After reading the article, they will study a graph to see how lead affects people nationally and then specifically in their area.

2. Think about mindfulness.

In this Student review, students will do a five-minute meditation and share how they feel after the meditation. Then they can share the role mindfulness plays in their daily lives and if there are other things they do to feel grounded. Students can share their answers with their classmates or in the comments section.

3. What is happening in this image?

Students can test their observation skills by watching a photograph, stripped of its caption, and try to figure out what’s going on in the picture. They can share their observations in the comments section and read what moderators and other young people have to say about the photo.

4. Write a story based on a picture.

In this Image prompt, students will look carefully at an image from The Times. Then they will write a story or poem inspired by the image, or share what the image reminds them of. They can share their writing in the comments section.

5. Share the ways you come together with your community.

Students will travel to San Antonio, Texas and experience Fiesta, a celebration with roots dating back to 1891. Then they respond to the question: How do you come together with your community?

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