1st Edition

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom Language Arts (Grades 3-5)

By Laurie E. Westphal Copyright 2012
    172 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts for grades 3-5 offers teachers everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. This book provides five different types of menus that students can use to select exciting products that they will develop so teachers can assess what has been learned-instead of using a traditional worksheet format. Topics addressed include genres, popular novels, and mechanics.

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts provides numerous types of leveled menus that lower and on-level elementary-aged students can use to demonstrate learning through a method of their choice. Menus with similar formats but geared towards varying ability levels allow teachers to differentiate easily. Using the creative and challenging choices found in Three Shape menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, List menus, 2-5-8 menus, and Game Show menus, students will look forward to sharing their newfound knowledge throughout the year. Also included are specific guidelines for products, rubrics for assessing student products, and teacher introduction pages for each menu. This is a must-have for any teacher wanting to differentiate for a wide range of learners!

    Grades 3-5

    Author’s Note Chapter 1: Choice Chapter 2: How to Use Menus in the Inclusive Classroom Chapter 3: Guidelines for Products Chapter 4: Rubrics The Menus How to Use the Menu Pages Chapter 5: Reading My Book Report Story Elements Fiction Tall Tales Fairy Tales Folk Tales Alphabet Books Science Fiction Mysteries Plays Poetry Nonfiction Biographies Genres Chapter 6: Writing Parts of Speech Spelling/Vocabulary I Spelling/Vocabulary II Word Play Reference Materials References Appendix: Book Lists About the Author Common Core State 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.