Do-type activities

Practice, discovery, and playing games

If Absorb activities are the nouns, then Do activities are the verbs of learning. They put people in action. They elevate learning from passive reading and watching to active seeking, selecting, and creating knowledge. Doing begets learning.


While Absorb activities provide information, Do activities transform that information into knowledge and skills. In Do activities, learners discover, parse, decode, analyze, verify, combine, organize, discuss, debate, evaluate, condense, refine, elaborate, and, most importantly, apply knowledge.

Common types of Do activities

Do activities include a variety of forms that exercise learning:

  • Practice activities (p. 130) give learners ...

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