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: Science (Grades 3-5)by Laurie Westphal
The best-selling Differentiating Instruction With Menus series has helped teachers nationwide differentiate instruction for their high-ability learners with easy-to-use menus and exciting tools to challenge and reach gifted and advanced students in the classroom. Each book includes an updated, student-friendly rubric that can assess different types of products, free choice proposal forms to encourage independent study, and new and favorite challenging menus to meet the needs of these diverse higher level learners. Readers will also be able to save time by using updated guidelines the reflect changes in technology for each of the products included in the menus and find direct alignment with standards approved in recent years. Topics addressed in Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Science (Grades 35, 2nd ed.) include physical science, biological science, Earth science, and scientists and the tools they use.
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WOW! As a gifted and K-2 Science teacher this book series is a teacher dream! I know my peers find differentiating challenging, especially for the gifted...and I have worked hard to use Blooms or Learning styles to personalize learning in my classroom. This series really is such a big HELP! Menus hit the major science topics so you will be able to use them to challenge your students without long hours of trying to craft ideas on your own. Menus change between challenging children through Blooms tiers and/or different learning styles. There is truly something for every child. In addition, after reading through and working with these menus, I feel more prepared to create my own. Very valuable resource for EVERY classroom. This book series targets gifted and high achieving...the newer books are for the mainstream classroom and I loved them just as much! THANK you and well done!