After teaching science for more than 15 years, Laurie Westphal now works as a gifted education and science consultant. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on low-stress differentiation strategies and using menus, working with teachers to assist them in developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students.
Differentiating Instruction with Menus: Language Arts (Grades 3-5)by Laurie Westphal
Differentiating Instruction With Menus offers teachers everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. Addressing the four main subject areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) and the major concepts taught within these areas, these books provide a number of different types of menus that elementary-aged students can use to select exciting products that they will develop so teachers can assess what has been learnedinstead of using a traditional worksheet format.
Each book contains attractive reproducible menus, each based on the levels of Bloom's revised taxonomy, for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit. Using creative and challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe Menus, List Menus, 2-5-8 Menus, Baseball Menus, and Game Show Menus, students will look forward to sharing their newfound knowledge throughout the year. Also included are specific guidelines for products, rubrics for assessing student products, and teacher introduction pages for each menu.
This book includes menus that teach students about language arts genres, mechanics, and novels.
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- 8 - 10 Years
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I found this book very helpful in my Accelerated classroom. Although some of the students I have are very high learners, I have some students that learn slower, and the activities provided in this book allowed me to reach all learners. Students were actually excited about the acitivities they had to choose from. It was an amazing feeling as a teacher!