Differentiating Instruction With Menus
Biology (Grades 9-12)
Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Biology offers teachers everything needed to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. This book presents six different types of menus that students can use to select exciting advanced-level products that they will develop so teachers can assess what has been learned, instead of using a traditional worksheet format. Topics addressed include biology basics, biodiversity and environments, genetics, human body systems, and the different phyla typically included in the biology curriculum. Differentiating Instruction With Menus: Biology contains attractive reproducible menus, each based on the levels of Bloom's revised taxonomy as well as incorporating different learning styles. These menus can be used to guide students in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit.
Table of Contents
All About Menus and Choice Chapter 1: Choice Chapter 2: How to Use Menus in the High School Classroom Chapter 3: Product Guidelines Chapter 4: Rubrics and Grading The Menus Chapter 5: Biology Basics Introduction to Biology The Microscope Cell Specialization Macromolecules Plant and Animal Cells Chapter 6: Classification of Organisms Taxonomy Comparing Different Organisms Viruses The Five Kingdoms The Kingdom Monera The Kingdom Protista The Kingdom Fungi The Kingdom Plantae The Kingdom Animalia The Human Body Chapter 7: Heredity DNA and RNA Mitosis and Meiosis Heredity: Punnett Square Practice Mutations Chapter 8: Ecology Charles Darwin and His Voyage Biodiversity Ecology Chapter 9: In-Depth Studies In-Depth Study: A Biome In-Depth Study: A Division of Taxonomy In-Depth Study: An Organ In-Depth Study: An Organ System References About the Author Next Generation Science Standards Alignment
After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie E. Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on differentiation for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students.
This short (145 pages), clearly written, and inspiring book is one that would be a useful tool for any biology teacher, whether a novice first-year teacher or a veteran educator. Using the included menu examples as a starting point, a creative teacher could construct a variety of menus for other course topics and give the students the important element of choice. The book is designed for use in grades 9-12, but could easily be adapted for middle school or college classes. College level teaching methods courses would also find this to be a valuable instructional resource.,Richard Lord,National Science Teachers Association, 9/17/13