Differentiating Instruction with Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts (Grades K-2)

Differentiating Instruction with Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts (Grades K-2)

by Laurie Westphal

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ISBN-13: 9781618210340
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 393,285
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: Up to 7 Years

About the Author

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.

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Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CozyLittleBookJournal More than 1 year ago
This review first appeared on my blogs, Cozy Little Book Journal and The Bookish Elf. I can't say enough great things about this series. On the other hand, I'm a preschool teacher, so my lesson planning looks a lot different than that described in this book, so why should you believe me? Because I'm an awesome book reviewer, that's why! And also because my partner Mike teaches middle school English and Social Studies (junior high, as it's known here in Canada) and this is what he had to say: "I particularly liked the way the choice boards were set up with 'free choice' options. Like in the bingo or tic-tac-toe menus, the whole board may have different things like "write a newspaper article" or "create a children's book" but then in the centre there'll  be "free choice." Of course the kid is going to choose that. But the trick is for 'free choice' they actually have to come up with their own project idea and write a proposal explaining it and get it approved before they even start. But writing a proposal is something you can grade them on! So it's like getting them to do a bonus assignment before they even do the real assignment. And the whole time the student is thinking he's getting away with something because he chose the 'free choice' square. Genius." I couldn't have said it better myself. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of writing a review, though the review did not necessarily need to be favourable, just honest. I frequently read and review books for this reason, but I am always very truthful (and, I hope, fair) in my reviews. Therefore any opinions expressed are strictly my own (except in the case of educational resource books, in which case I often consult other educators to help me assess the books, which I usually mention in my reviews).
celinabrennan More than 1 year ago
Excellent Resource!! As a 3/4/5 Multiage Teacher, I found this book (along with others in the series) to be a key resource in organizing the learning within my classroom. Westphal’s menu books have assisted me with meeting diverse academic ranges and infusing content standards. Project Based Learning has allowed for students within my classroom to pursue their interests and choose projects that match their personal learning styles. The variety of menus within these books allow for all learners to find an entry point with a concept. Small rubrics are also included which provide students simple descriptions of each project, increase their independence as learners, and allow for self-assessment to be a natural part of the learning process. These menus can be used to supplement curriculum, introduce or review concepts, or formatively assess student learning. I highly recommend these books to other teachers who strive to meet individual needs and personalize instruction for all students.