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

ISBN 9781593638863
Published February 1, 2012 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Math 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 whole numbers and operations, fractions, probability and statistics, geometry, and measurement.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Math 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 Tic-Tac-Toe menus, List menus, 2-5-8 menus, Three Shape menus, and Baseball 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

Table of Contents

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: Whole Numbers and Operations Place Value Prime and Composite Numbers Coordinate Graphs Money Adding and Subtracting Decimals Decimals Whole Numbers Chapter 6: Fractions Basic Fractions Adding and Subtracting Fractions Multiplying and Dividing Fractions Chapter 7: Probability and Statistics Using Graphs Mean, Median, and Mode Chapter 8: Geometry Lines and Congruency Circles Geometric Shapes Chapter 9: Measurement Measuring Capacity Time Measuring Length Measuring Temperature Measuring Weight References Resources About the Author Common Core State Standards Alignment

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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 publication for grades 3-5 is designed to address the needs of a classroom that includes special needs or limited English-proficient students. The activities included on the menus are engaging and appropriate. Most of the menus contain wide-ranging choices, with some options involving art, technology, drama, and experiments. In addition, many activities contain real-world applications. ,Jennifer Orr,Teaching Children Mathematics, 2/1/14