1st Edition

Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies Grades 3-5

By Laurie E. Westphal Copyright 2011
    140 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Not all differentiation strategies need to be time consuming and complex in development on the part of the teacher. Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies introduces various low-preparation, low-stress differentiation activities and strategies that can be implemented immediately in any content area in grades 3-5. Each differentiation strategy encourages higher level thinking and intellectual risk taking while accommodating different learning styles.

    This book features a description of each strategy, how it serves students, and tips and techniques for making it your own, as well as how to use each strategy in the classroom with students. Following each explanation, specific examples are included as well as templates to make each technique ready to use. These specific examples can be used as written or can be modified to meet the needs of a particular classroom. This book also provides templates that can be used to develop new lessons using each strategy. Ready-to-Use Differentiation Strategies provides an easy-to-use way to begin differentiating for all students in the classroom!

    What Is Differentiation? Differentiation as a Teaching Lifestyle “Is This What You Want?” and the “Gotcha Factor” “Is This What You Want?” and the Pronoun Shift Differentiation and Learning Styles Selecting Activities for the Differentiated Lifestyle in the Classroom How to Use This Book Strategy Pages Strategies Requiring No Preparation 3-2-1 The Blob Boxing Concept Diagram Don’t Break the Bank Draw a . . Give Me an A-B-C! Initial Sentences Interrogation Let’s Trade! Three Facts and a Fib You Don’t Say! Strategies Requiring Low Preparation Black Out Bingo Categorization Cards Creative Concentration Cubing Go Fish! Guess What? Hands-On Venn Diagram Myth Versus Reality Nailing the Mail Prioritization Flap Book Red Light, Green Light Toy Share Web Cards Resources About the Author


    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.