How To Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom: Practical Strategies, Lessons, and Activities / Edition 2

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This thoroughly updated edition of the best-selling book gives all classroom teachers, special educators, and administrators an arsenal of adaptable and ready-to-use strategies, lessons, and activities. How to Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom is a comprehensive resource that helps teachers reach students with varied learning styles, ability levels, skills, and behaviors. The authors offer a team approach that includes parents, colleagues, and learning specialists, enabling teachers to guide diverse groups of students in grades 3–8 toward academic, social, and emotional success.

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"Steer your students toward academic, social, and emotional success regardless of their learning styles, ability levels, skills, and behaviors. This book provides strategies and activities to differentiated instruction,engage reluctant readers and writers, boost organization and study skills and more." (Learning Journal, Back-to-School 2007)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787981549
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/6/2006
  • Series: J-B Ed: Reach and Teach Series, #1
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,087,399
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.08 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Rief, M.A., is a leading educational consultant,author, and speaker on effective strategies and interventions forhelping students with learning, attention, and behavioralchallenges. Sandra presents seminars, workshops, and keynotesnationally and internationally on this topic. She received her B.A.and M.A. degrees from the University of Illinois. Sandra isformerly an award-winning teacher (California Resource Specialistof the Year) with over twenty-three years’ teachingexperience. Sandra is the author of several books including: Howto Reach & Teach Children with ADD/ADHD, Second Edition(2005); The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for HelpingChildren & Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders (2003);The ADD/ADHD Checklist: An Easy Reference for Parents &Teachers (1998); Alphabet Learning Center Activities Kit(2000, coauthored with Nancy Fetzer); and otherbooks/publications.
Sandra also developed and presented these acclaimed educationalvideos: ADHD & LD: Powerful Teaching Strategies andAccommodations; How to Help Your Child Succeed in School:Strategies and Guidance for Parents of Children with ADHD and/orLearning Disabilities; ADHD: Inclusive Instruction &Collaborative Practices, and together with Linda Fisher andNancy Fetzer, the videos Successful Classrooms: EffectiveTeaching Strategies for Raising Achievement in Reading andWriting and Successful Schools: How to Raise Achievement& Support “At-Risk” Students.
Sandra is an educational expert for the Web and is an instructor for continuing educationcourses offered through California State University, East Bay, andSeattle Pacific University. For more information, visit her Website at

Julie Heimburge is a native San Diegan and earned herstandard teaching credential from San Diego State University andher M.A. in Person-Centered Studies at United States InternationalUniversity. She has been an elementary teacher in the San DiegoUnified School District for more than thirty years. Julie hasserved as a mentor teacher, demonstration teacher, guest lecturer,curriculum writer, and a staff developer for her district. She hasalso been a featured presenter for conferences in other parts ofthe United States—sharing innovative instructional practicesdesigned to motivate diverse learners in the general educationclassroom. Julie is a supervising teacher for student teachers andhas trained new teachers for the Beginning Teacher Support andAssessment Program (BTSA). She coauthored How to Reach and TeachAll Children in the Inclusive Classroom, First Edition.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Robert Brooks).



1 Reaching All Students Through DifferentiatedInstruction.

Definitions, Descriptions, and Key Components.

How, What, and Through Which Means Do We Differentiate?

The Challenge of Differentiating Instruction.

Multisensory Instruction.

The Advantages of Cooperative Learning.

Brain-Compatible Research and Strategies.

Helpful Web Sites.


2 Reaching Students Through Their Learning Styles andMultiple Intelligences.

Learning Styles.

Multiple Intelligences.

Learning Style Elements.



Activity 2.1 The 100 Percent Smart Activity.

Activity 2.2 Job Application.

3 Understanding and Reaching Special Populations ofStudents.

Learning Disabilities.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Other Mental Health Disorders in Children.

Asperger’s Syndrome.

English Language Learners.

Gifted and Talented Students.

Dual or Multiple Exceptionalities.

Tips for Parents of Children in Special Populations.

Helpful Web Sites.


4 Understanding Reading and Writing Difficulties inStudents.

Prevalence of Reading Problems and Research Results.

The Gender Gap in Reading.

Reading Disorders.

Struggles with Writing.

Research-Based Literacy Intervention Programs.

Other Important Resources.



5 Using Accommodations, Modifications, andSupports.

Student Support Team Process.

Accommodations, Modifications, and Supports Checklists.

School Support Staff and Expertise.


6 Managing Behavior Through Support andInterventions.

Understanding Student Behavior.

Supporting Proactive Classroom Management.

Preventing Student Misbehavior in the Classroom.

Implementing Behavior Management Systems.

Addressing Student Misbehavior.

Research-Based Model of Schoolwide Positive BehavioralInterventions and Supports.

Tips for Dealing with Challenging or Difficult Kids.



Form 6.1 Behavioral Improvement Report.

Form 6.2 Elementary School Daily Report.

Form 6.3 Middle School Daily Report.

Form 6.4 Self-Monitoring Behavior Log.

Form 6.5 Student-Generated Progress Report.

7 Questioning and Engaging Students.

Getting and Focusing Students’ Attention.

Maintaining Students’ Attention Through ActiveParticipation.

Questioning Techniques to Increase Student Participation.

Other Inclusive Questioning Strategies.

Socratic Seminar.

Reciprocal Teaching.

Asking the Right Questions.

Questioning Games and Other Ideas.

Questioning Tips for Parents.


8 Fostering Students’ Self-Esteem andResilience.

Student Needs for School Success.

Classroom Strategies and Programs to Promote Self-Esteem.

Schoolwide Strategies and Programs to Build Resilience andSelf-Esteem.

Community Mentorship Programs.

Community Service.

Interventions and Supports.

Principals’ Efforts.



Form 8.1 Student Standout for the Week.

Form 8.2 Buddy Assistance Folder.

9 Increasing Home-School Collaboration and ParentInvolvement.

Strategies for Increasing Parent Participation in SchoolActivities and Functions.

Partnering with Parents of Special Population Students.

Communication Tips for Teachers.

Communication Tips for Parents.

Home Extension Activities.



Form 9.1 Parent Interest Form.

Form 9.2 Parent Report.

Form 9.3 Home Extension Activities.

10 Working to Improve Organization, Time Management,and Homework Success.

What Teachers Can Do to Help Build Organizational Skills.

What Teachers Can Do to Help with Time Management.

What Teachers Can Do to Support the Homework Process.



Form 10.1 Notebook Check.

Form 10.2 Substitute Plan.

Form 10.3 Daily Monitoring.

Form 10.4 Weekly Progress Report.

Form 10.5 Homework Tips for Parents.


11 Hooking in Reluctant Readers and Writers.

What Is Balanced Literacy?

Motivating Struggling Readers and Writers.

Books That Appeal to Reluctant Readers.

Activities to Keep Reluctant Readers Reading.



Activity 11.1 Using Shel Silverstein’s “MessyRoom”.

Activity 11.2 Poetry Log.

Activity 11.3 Comic Strip Recording Sheet.

Activity 11.4 Wrapper/Label Information Sheet.

Activity 11.5 Idiom Activity Form.

Activity 11.6 Let’s Read a Menu.

Activity 11.7 Almanac Research Sheet.

Activity 11.8 Create Your Own Almanac Questions.

Activity 11.9 Let’s Read a Television Guide.

Activity 11.10 Television Watching Observation and EvaluationSheet.

Activity 11.11 Caldecott Books Recording and InformationSheet.

Activity 11.12 Let’s Read a Recipe.

Activity 11.13 Book Report Monthly Schedule.

Activity 11.14 Bookmark.

Activity 11.15 Let’s Create a Report Card.

Activity 11.16 Create Your Own Test.

Activity 11.17 Literature/Geography Study Guide.

12 Making Oral Language Come Alive in YourClassroom.

Making Talk Important in the Upper-Grade Classroom.

Getting Students to Use Oral Language.

Assessing Oral Language.


Teacher Resources.


Activity 12.1 Speech Plan Sheet.

Activity 12.2 Oral Language Monthly Presentations.

Activity 12.3 An Oral Language Presentation: A How-to-DoSpeech.

Activity 12.4 Interview Planning Sheet.

Activity 12.5 Game Day Activity.

Activity 12.6 Science Experiment Planning Sheet: OralPresentation.

Activity 12.7 Oral Language Teacher Evaluation.

Activity 12.8 Oral Language Peer Evaluation.

13 Revvin’ Up the Content Areas.

Nonfiction: We’re All in This Together.

Social Studies and Other Textbooks: A Deeper Look.

Discovery Through Nonfiction: Research in the Classroom.

The Science Connection.


Teacher Resources.


Activity 13.1 A Biographical Journey.

Activity 13.2 Native American Poster Board Project.

Activity 13.3 Native American Poster Project Rubric.

Activity 13.4 Explorer Notebook Student Packet.

Activity 13.5 Explorer Notebook (Group) Student Check-OffList.

Activity 13.6 Sample Starters for the Diary Entry for TheGreat Kapok Tree.

Activity 13.7 Rubric for The Great Kapok Tree: Point ofView Response to Literature.

Activity 13.8 Research Note-Taking Sheet.

Activity 13.9 Information About Bibliographies.

Activity 13.10 Mystery Place or Mystery Creature Research ReportRubric.

Activity 13.11 What Your Mystery Research Report ShouldInclude.

Activity 13.12 Mystery Research Project Rubric (Individual).

Activity 13.13 Mystery Powder Observation Sheet.

Activity 13.14 Research Topic Suggestions.

Activity 13.15 Discovery Fair Due Date Schedule.

Activity 13.16 Discovery Fair Essentials.

Activity 13.17 Student/Teacher Evaluation Form.

Activity 13.18 Research: Add Some of Those“Extras”.

Activity 13.19 Research Daily Log.

Activity 13.20 Student Interest Survey Form for ObservationalInvestigation.

Activity 13.21 Observation Study.

Activity 13.22 Observation Project Information Sheet.

Activity 13.23 Becoming a Pumpkinologist: An Observation andHands-On Investigation.

Activity 13.24 Pumpkin Investigation Letter to Parents.

Activity 13.25 Plant Observation Team Sheet.

Activity 13.26 Science Project Student Evaluation.

14 Motivating Students to Be SuccessfulMathematicians.

Recent Reform in Math Instruction.

Setting Up the Classroom.

Supporting Classroom Learning.

Instructional Practices.

Assessing Student Work.

Using Resources.

Addressing the Needs of Special Populations.

Making Math Relevant Through Real-Life Experiences.

Other Tips for Teachers.


Teacher Resources.


Activity 14.1 Math Assignment Sheet.

Activity 14.2 Geometry Design Project.

Activity 14.3 Pig Score Sheet.

Activity 14.4 End-of-Year Math Evaluation.

Activity 14.5 Math Is Everywhere You Look Assignment Sheet.

Activity 14.6 Math Is Everywhere You Look Evaluation Form.

Activity 14.7 Graphing Can Be Fun: A Math Project.

Activity 14.8 Question Possibilities for Graphing Projects.

Activity 14.9 Graphing Project Design Form.

Activity 14.10 Parent Letter for the Shopping Adventure.

Activity 14.11 Shopping Adventure Recording Sheet.

Activity 14.12 Super Bowl Math Activity Packet.

Activity 14.13 Survival Math Parent Letter.

Activity 14.14 Survival Math Packet (Experiencing Math in YourEveryday Life).

Activity 14.15 Survival Math Rubric—TeacherEvaluation.

Activity 14.16 Survival Math Record Sheet.

Activity 14.17 Survival Math Checklist Activity.

Activity 14.18 Survival Math Peer Evaluation Form.

Activity 14.19 Math in the Real World.

Activity 14.20 Using a Menu to Solve Math Problems.

Activity 14.21 Thanksgiving Math Project—Simulation.

Activity 14.22 Gift Giving Math Project for December.

15 Making the Most of Music and Art in theClassroom.

Providing Balance Between Work and Relaxation.

Music Implementation.

Art Implementation.

Books for Music and Art Centers.


Teacher Resources.


Activity 15.1 Photography Project.


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