Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Science for grades K-2 offers teachers everything needed to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. This book provides seven 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 life sciences, Earth sciences, and physical sciences.
Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Science provides numerous types of leveled menus that lower and on-level primary-age students can use to select exciting products to demonstrate learning. Menus with similar formats but geared toward varying ability levels allow teachers to differentiate easily. Using the creative and challenging choices found in Meal menus, Tic-Tac-Toe menus, Target-Based List menus, 2-5-8 menus, Give Me 5 menus, Three-Shape menus, and Pick 3 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!
Table of Contents
AUTHOR’S NOTE CHAPTER 1: Choice in the Inclusive Primary Classroom CHAPTER 2: How to Use Menus in the Inclusive Primary Classroom CHAPTER 3: Product Guidelines CHAPTER 4: Rubrics and Grading THE MENUS How to Use the Menu Pages CHAPTER 5: Life Science Menus Five Senses Living and Nonliving Things Plants Animals Spiders Animals and Their Habitats Insects Life Cycles CHAPTER 6: Earth Science Menus Oceans Day and Night The Night Sky Space Seasons The Water Cycle Weather CHAPTER 7: Physical Science Menus Equipment and Measurement Hot and Cold Sink and Float Force and Motion Sound REFERENCES ABOUT THE AUTHOR NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE 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.