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Thinking Tasks

Robert Smalls, the Corps of Discovery, the Berlin Blockade, and more are included in this week's Thinking Tasks. Create Thinking.

Weekly Activities

Week 20: May 11 - May 17, 2020

Weekly Interactive Journal available Monday, 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, May 11

Monday, May 11

On this day in history...

In 1997, Gary Kasparov faced off against the chess-playing, supercomputer Deep Blue for the final time. Kasparov lost this final match. What can we learn about the transition from the 20th to the 21st century from the Kasparov vs. Deep Blue rivalry?

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Tuesday,  May 12

Tuesday, May 12

On this day in history...

In 1949, the Soviet Union officially ended the blockade of Berlin allowing the importation of goods into Western Berlin. What can we learn about the Cold War from the city of Berlin from 1945 to 1991?

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Wednesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 13

On this day in history...

In 1862, Robert Smalls, an African American slave, commandeered a Confederate ship and ran a blockade to deliver the ship to the Union. Smalls was later made captain of that ship. What can we learn from the character of Robert Smalls?

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Thursday, May 14

Thursday, May 14

On this day in history...

In 1804, the Corps of Discovery was nearly ready to launch its trek towards the Pacific Northwest when Merriweather Lewis led 42 men to St. Charles, Missouri to meet up with William Clark. What can we learn about curiosity from the Corps of Discovery?

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Friday, May 15

Friday, May 15

On this day in history...

In 1940, the original McDonald's restaurant opened in San Bernadino, California. Today, the franchise has rebranded itself as a fast food establishment and can be found all over the globe. What can we learn about culture from the restaurants where we eat?

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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.