Weekly Accessible Learning Activities: Sharks, Tattoos, Faces

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 learn why people tend to see faces in everyday objects, interpret an illustration of a high-wire act, read about changing attitudes toward tattoos in Japan, test their geography skills (using photos), and take a vocabulary quiz about free diving with sharks.

Note: This is our last weekly roundup of accessible learning activities for the 2021-22 school year. Visit our complete collection of accessible activities for a broad range of readers and writers.

1. Learn why humans can see faces, even where there are none.

Have you ever seen an image of a face where there wasn’t one? Perhaps in a fire hydrant or a rock pile or a house? Believe it or not, this is a natural thing all humans do.

In this lesson, students learn how and why people tend to see faces in everyday objects. Then, we invite them to experiment and try to find faces in their surroundings.

2. Interpret an image.

In this Picture Prompt, we invite students to look closely at an illustration and consider the following questions: What do you think this image is saying? How does it relate to or comment on society or current events? Can you relate to it personally? What is your opinion of its message?

3. Learn about how some young people in Japan are challenging traditional beliefs about tattoos.

In recent years, beliefs about tattoos have been changing in Japan, especially among young people who spend time on social media.

In this lesson, students learn about these changing attitudes, and then design an art exhibit using photographs and quotes from the article.

4. Test your geography skills using photos.

We challenge students to test their geography knowledge using photographs from around the world. How many of these 10 questions can they get right?

5. Take a vocabulary quiz about free diving with sharks

Students can test their vocabulary and reading comprehension with this quiz based on the Times article “A Free Diver’s Training Partners: Sharks.”