The Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom series offers teachers who have multiple ability levels in one classroom everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on appropriate choice. These books, which can be used as a stand-alone series or in conjunction with the original Differentiating Instruction With Menus series for advanced learners, provide numerous types of leveled menus that lower and on-level students can use to select exciting products to demonstrate learning. The reproducible menus in the books address topics in math, science, language arts, and social studies, and each subject-area book contains two menus for each of the 20 carefully selected concepts taught within that content area. Teachers will find that having two leveled menus for each topic offers opportunities for differentiation and easy modification while still encouraging choice and higher level, yet appropriate, options for their on-level and lower level students.
Using the creative and challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe menus, List menus, 2-5-8 menus, and Game Show menus, students in grades K–2 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."
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.