Sunday Routines, Highway Lines, Unplugging and More

Sunday Routines, Highway Lines, Unplugging and More

Each Wednesday we shine a spotlight on five student activities that support a broad range of learners. In this week’s roundup of accessible activities, we invite students to think about their relationship with technology, appreciate underappreciated jobs, reflect on their Sunday routines, look closely at a photograph and take a short quiz about Jamaica.

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1. Reflect on your relationship with technology.

In this Picture Prompt, students think about their relationship with technology and their ability to relax and “do nothing.” Then, in the comments section, they can share their reflections with other students around the world.

2. Celebrate overlooked work that makes our communities run.

This highly visual Lesson of the Day teaches students about how lines get painted on roads, streets and crosswalks across America. As part of the lesson, students celebrate a job in their community that often goes unnoticed or underappreciated.

3. Describe your Sunday routine.

This Student Opinion is inspired by a weekly New York Times column that focuses on the Sunday routines of newsworthy New Yorkers. In the comments section, or in a class discussion, students can talk about how they spend their Sundays, and if anything about their routine has changed since the pandemic.

4. Look closely at a photograph.

In this activity, students carefully study a New York Times photograph without its caption as they answer the question: What’s Going On in This Picture? They can share their observations in the comments section and then check back on Thursday afternoon when we reveal the photo’s back story.

5. Take a short quiz about Jamaica — and learn as you go.

Learn about Jamaica’s geography, culture and economy by taking our Country of the Week Quiz. Students answer questions and read responses that use New York Times reporting.