2nd Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus Science (Grades 6-8)

By Laurie E. Westphal Copyright 2017
    174 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    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: Science (Grades 6-8, 2nd ed.) include process skills, physical sciences, life sciences, and Earth and space sciences.

    Grades 6-8

    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: Process Skills Safety and Equipment Scientific Processes Metrics and Measurement Chapter 6: Life Science Levels of Organization Cells Food Chains and Food Webs Ecosystems Human Interactions With the Environment Levels of Classification Human Body Systems Heredity Chapter 7: Earth Science Structure of the Earth Plate Tectonics Rocks and Minerals Groundwater Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition Weather Earth, Sun, and Moon Space Exploration Our Universe Chapter 8: Physical Science Waves and Sound Light Energy Transfers and Transformations Alternate Energy Sources Forces and Newton’s Laws Properties and Changes in Chemistry The Atom Periodic Table Chemical Reactions References About the Author Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards


    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.

    In this second edition of Advanced-level Differentiating Instruction with Menus (Grades 6-8) series, author Laurie Westphal provides middle school educators with the tools needed to offer a student-centered educational environment that includes learner choice through menus. ,Gifted Child Today, 10/1/17