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Thinking Tasks

Nancy Wake, Billy the Kid, Jonas Salk, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 18: April 27 - May 1, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, April 27, 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 27

Monday, April 27

On this day in history...

In 1981, the computer mouse is invented by Xerox PARC creating a more user-friendly interface for users. What can we learn about innovation from the different types of accessories and hardware used by computers?

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Tuesday,  April 28

Tuesday, April 28

On this day in history...

In 1881, Billy the Kid escaped from a prison in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Billy the Kid is remembered for his skill with firearms and is one of the best-known outlaws of the Wild West. What can we learn about legends from Billy the Kid?

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Wednesday, April 29

Wednesday, April 29

On this day in history...

In 1944, Nancy Wake, a British intelligence agent, parachuted into Nazi-occupied France to serve as link between the French Resistance and the Allied Armies. What can we learn about risk-taking from Nancy Wake?

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Thursday, April 30

Thursday, April 30

On this day in history...

In 1945, Stalag Luft I, a POW camp that held thousands of Allied pilots, was liberated. Among those freed was Polish American fighter ace Francis "Gaby" Gabreski. What can we learn about character from Gaby Gabreski?

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Friday, May 1

Friday, May 1

On this day in history...

In 1956, a team of medical researchers led by Dr. Jonas Salk made the vaccine to polio available to the public for the first time. The vaccine was used to begin the near eradication of polio throughout the world. What can we learn about progress from the polio vaccine?

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Weekly Theme

Weekly Theme

Openness

Openness means the willingness to tell others what you think and how you feel but in a way that they feel a willingness to learn more about your story. Some people feel that Ryan White is a great role model for openness. As middle school student, Ryan White had trouble with his blood clotting and required blood transfusions. In 1984, he contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and was shortly thereafter perceived as a threat to his school and community, partly because of the amount of information not known about HIV/AIDS at the time. Initially, White was prevented from going to school and once allowed to attend school, he was made to use disposable eating utensils and use a separate bathroom. Eventually, he changed communities and became an advocate for those facing challenges due to HIV/AIDS. In fact, some people credit Ryan White's openness about HIV/AIDS with creating dialogue about how to avoid stigmatization, bullying, harassment, and other unfair treatment of individuals who contracted HIV/AIDS. Although you probably have never faced a situation like Ryan White, think about a time when you have observed someone being open about a difficulty that they have faced. For this week's journal, write a reflective paragraph that explains why some people seem to be more open than others. (Picture by Wildhartlivie at en.wikipedia CC BY 3.0)

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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.