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: Scienceby 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 physical science, earth science, and scientists and the tools they use.
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- 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
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- 8 - 10 Years
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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!