2nd Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus Social Studies (Grades 3-5)

By Laurie E. Westphal Copyright 2016
    166 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: Social Studies (Grades 3-5, 2nd ed.) include ancient history, American history and documents, government, people, and geography.

    Grades 3-5

    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: U.S. History The Colonial Period The Revolutionary War The War of 1812 The Civil War Westward Expansion The 20th Century Our State’s History Chapter 6: U.S. Documents Bill of Rights U.S. Constitution Our Nation’s Documents Chapter 7: Government Our Government Citizenship Chapter 8: People Civic Duties Explorers Native Americans Customs and Cultures Free Enterprise Innovators and Innovations Entrepreneurs and Simple Businesses Leaders and Their Qualities Chapter 9: Geography Maps and Globes Geography—Mapping Regions of the United States Settlement Patterns American Landmarks and Symbols Chapter 10: Social Studies Skills Chronology Current Events References About the Author Common Core State 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.

    The choices offered are hands-on activities that will engage learners to apply their learning in creative, motivating ways that can leverage their specific strengths and interests. Example activities include building a 3-D timeline for the 20th century events that impacted business and interviewing one of your public officials. Many of the activities encourage students to use speaking, presentation and artistic skills in a meaningful way . . . The book provides in-depth guidance to support teachers on each activity, including objectives, time frame, grading rubrics, and special notes which includes practical advice.

    Mindprint Learning, 4/11/16
    [Westphal] has included several different menus to help bring out the creativity of your students, and to help deepen their knowledge of Social Studies. I would recommend this book and the whole series to every teacher, and home school parent.,Jeffrey Shoemaker,Gifted Intervention Specialist, 10/7/16