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Thinking Tasks

The Alamo, Wilt Chamberlain, Frances Perkins, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

March 2, 2020 - March 6, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, March 2, 8:00am PST

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Instructions

Instructions

Directions to complete:

1. Listen to introduction
2. Read the prompt
3. Think about a possible answer
4. Explore the daily learning links
5. Ask Clarifying Questions (if needed)
6. Finalize your response
7. Write your answer
8. Count your words
9. Self/Peer evaluate and score

Monday, March 2

Monday, March 2

On this day in history...

In 1962, NBA player Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors. He helped his team defeat the New York Knicks 169 to 147. To this day, Chamberlain holds many NBA records. What can we learn about competition from Wilt Chamberlain?

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Tuesday,  March 3

Tuesday, March 3

On this day in history...

In 1910, businessman John D. Rockefeller Jr. announced that he was retiring from running his business and would focus his energy on his charity efforts as a part of The Rockefeller Foundation. What can we learn about the supporting good causes from The Rockefeller Foundation?

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Wednesday, March 4

Wednesday, March 4

On this day in history...

In 1933, Frances Perkins of New York became the first female Presidential Cabinet Member when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her Secretary of Labor. What can we learn about leadership from Frances Perkins?

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Thursday, March 5

Thursday, March 5

On this day in history...

In 1982, the Soviet space probe Venera 14 lands on the planet Venus during the Space Race which was part of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. What can we learn about the quest for knowledge from Venera 14?

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Friday, March 6

Friday, March 6

On this day in history...

In 1836, the Battle of the Alamo comes to an end when 3,000 Mexican soldiers capture the Alamo in modern-day San Antonio, Texas. The event helped convince the U.S. to get involved in the Texas Revolution. What is the most powerful lesson we can learn from the Alamo?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Confidence

One definition of confidence is to have a deep belief in one's own ability to accomplish a task. For example, an individual with confidence trusts that they will do what they need to do to complete a project and meet standards. A person with confidence can work alone and complete an individual project. A person with confidence can also work on a team and complete their part of the project and trust that the other teammates will get their work done also. Occasionally, a person with confidence might have to help others out who face challenges with completing their tasks, they rarely do work for others, they prefer to teach them. Confident people understand that there is a "fine line" between trusting one's self and being arrogant or having a very high opinion of one's self. Consider the story of Gardner Minshew, an NFL quarterback, who switched colleges several times and was told he would never make the NFL. One of his mottos is to "bet on yourself," how does Minshew's story show confidence. For this week's journal entry, write a detailed paragraph about a time when you had confidence, a time when you lacked confidence, or a time where you observed arrogance.

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About Thinking Tasks

A Brief Overview

Veteran educator Patrick Zuniga has two graduate degrees in education (MAT and MSE) and is a current Doctoral Student. He has developed, delivered, and assessed thinking tasks like these in his classroom for nearly 15 years. These activities are supported by aligned learning links and a free downloadable and reproducible daily interactive response journal (updated every week) and are designed to:

-Encourage enthusiastic learning through extraordinary topics and universal accessibility.
-Focus on reinforcing communication skills through careful alignment of learning links and writing prompts.
-Develop critical thinking skills by using dynamic questioning strategies.
-Promote personal achievement though self-reflection and peer accountability.

Please e-mail Patrick to schedule a collaboration-session to explore how to create high-yield learning activities for your classroom or school today.