Weekly Accessible Learning Activities: Pigeons, Community Diversity, Film Club

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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 city’s pigeons, reflect on the diversity in their community, watch a film about observing the world around you , comment on a photograph and imagine your own free little library.

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1. Learn about pigeons.

This Lesson of the day teaches students about the history, behaviors and genetics of pigeons. After reading an illustrated article, the students will first research and then carry out a citizen science project on the birds of their region.

2. Reflect on community diversity.

In this Student reviewstudents will reflect on times when they see members of the community interact with people of different races, nationalities, religions and abilities. And they will consider: How well does your community welcome people of different backgrounds and identities? They can share their thoughts with their classmates or read what other students have to say in the comments section.

3. Explore big ideas through short documentaries.

This week movie club is a five-minute film about a lonely piano standing on the curb in New York City and the interactions of passers-by. Students reflect on the message of the film and reflect on how often they stop to observe the world around them.

You can also check out our new teacher’s guide which offers eight ways to use our weekly film club to teach careful reading and practice critical thinking. Do you want more ? You can watch our on-demand webinar that goes into more detail on how to use Film Club in the classroom.

4. Make inferences about an image.

In this What’s going on in this picture, students will look at an image from The New York Times, without its caption, and try to interpret what is happening. Students can share their observations, read what other students must have seen, and view moderator comments in the comments section.

5. Design your own little free library.

This Image prompt comes from an illustrated article on small free libraries. Students will learn about the purpose of these miniature lending libraries and how their use has changed during the pandemic. Then students can imagine their own little free library and think about what it would look like and what they would offer.

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