Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, Grades K-8

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, Grades K-8

by Gayle H. Gregory, Elizabeth Hammerman

Aligned with national science curriculum standards, this resource provides tools for differentiating science instruction, including sample lessons, assessment methods, rubrics, and a CD-ROM with reproducibles.See more details below


Aligned with national science curriculum standards, this resource provides tools for differentiating science instruction, including sample lessons, assessment methods, rubrics, and a CD-ROM with reproducibles.

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SAGE Publications
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Book and CD
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6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Differentiated Instruction
Teaching Matters
Clarifying Instructional Goals
Differentiated Instruction in Action
Part I. Effective Science Education
1. Creating a Climate for Differentiated Instruction
A Climate for Learning
A Safe and Enriched Environment
Internet Resources Related to Health and Safety
Natural Learning Systems
Emotional Learning System
Social Learning System
Physical Learning System
Cognitive Learning System
Reflective Learning System
Learning Systems With Links to National Standards
A Planning Guide for Differentiated Instruction
Phases of the Planning Guide
2. Scientific and Technological Literacy for the Twenty-First Century
Scientific Literacy
Science Education Standards
Unifying Concepts and Processes
Process and Thinking Skills in K-8 Science
Dispositions That Underlie Science
Dimensions of Learning
Technological Literacy
Views of Technology
Integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
3. Knowing the Learner
Multicultural Education
Multicultural Education in Science
Gender Equity
Gender Equity in Science
Learning Modalities
Learning and Thinking Styles
Kolb's Learning Styles
Mc Carthy's 4MAT System
Gregorc's Thinking Styles
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Eight Intelligences Linked to Science
Sternberg's View of Intelligence
Learning Activities Linked to Intelligences
Strategies for Pre Assessment
Assessing Prior Knowledge
Addressing Misconceptions
Pretest of Concepts
Pretest of Skills
Part II. Designing Differentiated Instruction
4. Methods and Effective Practices for Increasing Student Achievement
Methods for Teaching and Learning Science
The Roles of Teachers and Student in Methods
Research-Based Effective Practices
Strategies Linked to Brain Research and Classroom Practices
Science Notebooks as Tools for Learning
Lab Reports
Cooperative Learning
Adjustable Assignments
Curriculum Compacting
5. Strategies for Activating and Engaging
Strategies for Engagement
K-W-L Charts
Discrepant Events
School Site Investigations
Informal Learning Environments
Video Clips
Guest Speakers
Literature in Science
Case Studies
6. Strategies for Acquiring and Exploring
Inquiry Defined
Traditional Versus Inquiry-Based Classrooms
Factors That Support Inquiry and Differentiated Instruction in Science
Environments That Support Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
Classroom Features
Equipment and Supplies
Management Strategies
Problem-Based Learning
Examples of PBL Topics
Booklets, Posters, and Brochures
Projects at the Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Grade Levels
Science Fair Projects
Product Testing and Survey Research
Science and Technological Design
Examples of Stations at the Primary Grade Level
Example of Stations at the Intermediate Grade Level
Example of Stations at the Middle Grade Level
Structured Centers
Exploratory Centers
Relearning Centers
Assessment for Stations and Centers
Choice Boards
Choice Boards for a Primary Level Study of Animals
Contract for Rocks and Minerals
Choice Board for Activities
Computer-Based Technologies as Tools for Learning
7. Strategies for Explaining, Applying, and Creating Meaning
Group Discussion
Questions for Thinking and Problem Solving
Discussion Starters
Nonlinguistic Representations for K-8 Science
Data Tables and Graphs
Creating Graphs
Bar Graphs
Line Graphs
Circle Graphs
Six Types of Graphic Organizers
Four-Corner Organizer
8. Strategies for Elaborating and Extending Learning
Beyond the Basics
Games That Enhance Learning
Cubing With Questions About the Moon
Analogies and Similes
Similes for a Middle Grade Unit on Cells
9. Strategies for Assessing and Evaluating Learning
Assessment and Evaluation
Assessment Strategies in the Science Classroom
Performance Tasks for Learning and Assessment
Creating Rubrics for Teacher Assessment and Self-Assessment
Holistic Rubrics
Generalized Rubrics
Analytic Rubrics
Planning Differentiated Instruction: The Key to Success
Considerations, Resources, and Strategies for Differentiating Instruction in Science

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