Online-Friendly Interactive Learning Activities

By May 29, 2020 August 31st, 2020 Teacher Tips

Many congregations are experiencing a season when face-to-face interactions are limited. Because of social distancing and shelter-in-place measures, many Sunday school classes and small groups are meeting online using solutions like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facebook Live. Others are hosting conference calls on the telephone or meeting one-on-one.

Because many of the Standard Lesson Activities were originally written with an in-person classroom setting in mind, we are providing alternate learning activities that will work well even when teachers and learners aren’t sitting in the same room, learning from each other. 

Here are the suggested replacements for Involvement Learning Activities for each lesson:

September 2020

 

August 2020

 

July 2020

 

June 7

Into the Lesson

  • For the “Alternative” activity, consider this adjustment: Have all learners decode the message together, instead of in pairs.

Into the Word

  • Consider this adjustment: Have learners research book descriptions on Amazon.com or a book publisher’s website. Have them work silently on their own to write the back-cover copy. Get volunteers to read their summaries.

 

June 14

Into the Lesson

  • For the main activity (hiding candy), consider this adjustment: Create an online scavenger hunt by sending learners a list (you prepare) of website addresses and asking them to find a certain object, sentence, or number on each page.

Into the Word

  • For the main activity (distributing dictionaries), consider this adjustment: Get volunteers to look up the words on online dictionaries such as dictionary.com, meriam-webster.com, oed.com, or of course their own printed dictionaries.
  • For the “Option” activity, consider this adjustment: Have learners do the activity together instead of in small groups. (However, if you’re an expert Zoom user, you can use Zoom breakout rooms.)

 

June 21

Into the Word

  • For the main activity (discussing a teen’s situation), consider this adjustment: Discuss each scenario as a group, moving from “Religious” to “Educational.” If you have time, discuss the “Domestic” challenge together, as well.
  • For the “Option” activity, consider this adjustment: Instead of breaking into study pairs, complete the worksheet activity as a group. 

 

June 28

Into the Word

  • Consider this adjustment: Instead of breaking into two groups, keep everyone together but discuss arguments that someone espousing Wisdom would use and that someone displaying Folly might use. Contrast these as a group, perhaps having two volunteers engage in a short mock debate.
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