Weekly accessible learning activities: peat, numismatics, civil rights

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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 environmental benefits of peat, share the things they love to collect, watch a film about the 10th anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death , talking about their experiences in DIY projects and commenting on a photograph.

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1. Find out how peatlands can help slow climate change.

In this Lesson of the day, students read an illustrated article to discover how peat – the unsung hero of carbon capture – can help fight climate change. Then they can interview Times reporters about bogs and share their community’s most treasured physical environment.

2. Share what you like to collect.

In this Student review, teens will read an article about four millennial and Gen Z coin collectors. Then they’ll write about the things they love to collect, like coins, sneakers, dolls, comic books, or the stamps. They can share their answers with their classmates or in the comments section.

3. Watch a film about the legacy of Trayvon Martin’s death.

In this movie club, students watch a film commemorating the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Trayvon Martin. In the film, they’ll hear the thoughts of former President Barack Obama, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Harvard historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. Then, they’ll reflect on how that moment sparked a civil rights movement and what it means today.

4. Respond to a picture on DIY creations.

In this Image prompt, students will share an experience they had while completing a DIY project. They can also reflect on influencers they’ve seen giving DIY tips and read about other students’ projects in the comments section.

5. Make observations on a photograph.

In this What’s going on in this picture, students will carefully examine an uncaptioned photograph from The Times. They can share their observations in the comments section and read what other students and moderators have said about the image.

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