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Thinking Tasks

Jackie Robinson, the Titanic Band, Apollo 13, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 16: April 13 - April 19, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, March 9, 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, April 13

Monday, April 13

On this day in history...

In 1970, Apollo 13, a spacecraft destined for the moon experienced an emergency that jeopardized the lives of the crew. Against all odds, the astronauts made it back to earth. What can we learn about problem-solving from Apollo 13?

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Tuesday,  April 14

Tuesday, April 14

On this day in history...

In 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg around 11:00pm, it would sink about three hours later resulting in the death of over 1,500 deaths. What does the Titanic's band teach us thoughts, actions, and behaviors during times of distress?

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Wednesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 14

On this day in history...

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color-barrier of Major League Baseball by becoming the first African American to play in MLB since Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1889. Robinson faced many obstacles to play during his initial breakthrough, what can we learn about courage from him?

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Thursday, April 16

Thursday, April 16

On this day in history...

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. penned "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and it quickly became recognized as one of the most significant documents from the US Civil Rights Movement. What can we learn about the power of communication from this text?

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Friday, April 17

Friday, April 17

On this day in history...

In 1907, a record number of immigrants are processed at the Ellis Island immigration center. People often immigrant due to push/pull factors. What can we the things that push people away from one location and pull them towards another?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Commitment

Commitment is based on the word commit. To commit means to pledge or bind one's self to something. For example, when a student-athlete pledges to play at a college they are often called a commit or said to have given a commitment. A committed person is usually identified as someone who is willing to carry out a task or their part of the task until that project is done. Another way to view commitment is being committed to team, a group, another person, or yourself. Consider the story of Victor Villasenor, a best-selling author who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature. Examine the term commitment and investigate how Villasenor showed commitment to himself. For this week's journal entry, write a multiple-sentence paragraph in which you describe how you have shown commitment to a project, group, team, or yourself. If this is too challenging, you can explain how you've observed the behavior of commitment by someone else including celebrities and sports superstars. Picture from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Jeffrey Beall.

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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.