Differentiating Instruction With Menus : Math (Grades 3-5) book cover
2nd Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus
Math (Grades 3-5)

ISBN 9781618215369
Published April 15, 2016 by Routledge
174 Pages

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Book Description

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 that 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: Math (Grades 3-5, 2nd ed.) include whole numbers and operations, fractions, probability and statistics, geometry, measurement, and problem solving.

Grades 3-5

Table of Contents

Author’s Note Part I: All About Menus and Choice Chapter 1: Choice Chapter 2: How to Use Menus in the Classroom Chapter 3: Guidelines for Products Chapter 4: Rubrics Part II: The Menus Chapter 5: Whole Numbers and Operations Place Value Prime and Composite Numbers Divisibility Rules Whole Numbers Order of Operations Chapter 6: Decimals and Fractions Money Introduction to Decimals Addition and Subtraction of Decimals Decimals and Fractions Basic Fractions Addition and Subtraction of Fractions Multiplication and Division of Fractions Chapter 7: Geometry Lines of Symmetry Coordinate Graphs Using Graphs Shapes Calculating Area, Perimeter, and Volume Chapter 8: Measurement Time Length Capacity Weight Measurement Chapter 9: Finances Supply and Demand Income and Taxes Savings Plans Credit Finances and Planning Famous Mathematicians References About the Author Common Core State Standards

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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 math workbook is a great supplement for teachers to provide engaging activities for their advanced students to practice and apply math skills. The menus allow students to choose activities that align with their interests and strengths, promoting engagement and ownership of their learning. The activities are hands-on and exercise not only the specific math skill of topic, but also integrate background knowledge and other higher order thinking skills, such as complex reasoning, flexible thinking, and planning.

Mindprint Learning, 3/14/16
The differentiating Instruction with Menus series is one of my favorite series. It happens to be one of my most used series to date . . . if I were a teacher who had 3rd through 5th grade students, this book series is one I would get. In regards to Math, what I like about this book are the menus. Laurie gives a short description of the type of menu along with the benefits, limitations, and time considerations. Everything that a teacher would need to know about a type of menu is there. There are also several menus that are listed that a math teacher can use in their classroom linked to State Standards . . . This resource can be used in a classroom setting, or homeschool setting. Not only would I suggest you use this book, but also use the whole series.,Jeffrey Shoemaker,Gifted Intervention Specialist, 5/23/16