1st Edition

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

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

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Social Studies 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 ancient history, American history, government, U.S. documents, people in history, and geography.

    Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Social Studies 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: Ancient History Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece Ancient Rome Chapter 6: American History The Revolutionary War The Civil War Westward Expansion Our State’s History Chapter 7: Government Our Government Economics and Money Chapter 8: U.S. Documents The Declaration of Independence The Bill of Rights The Constitution Our Nation’s Documents Chapter 9: The People Explorers Native Americans United States Presidents Leaders and Their Qualities Citizenship Chapter 10: Geography Maps and Globes American Landmarks and Symbols References 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.