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Lessons, tips, ideas, and resources to facilitate differentiated classroom instruction
Administrator: kmandra Created: 02/11/2010 Last Activity: 02/24/2010

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DI can be time consuming yet we all implement it in our classrooms. If we share what we have already planned and/or created, we can make this easier.
  • Local_kayak
    More resources, this time from Holliston, MA
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    Here is a page of helpful ideas from teachers in Massachusetts. http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us...
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    More resources, this time from the U of Virginia
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  • Local_kayak
    Thanksgiving math differentiated lesson plan for K
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    If you are a K teacher this is a great spot for you. http://www.differentiatedkinde...
  • Local_kayak
    good article on book from ASCD
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    These are the highlights from one chapter of a book on DI. http://www.ascd.org/publicatio...
  • Local_kayak
    More resources, this time from teachers in South Dakota
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  • Local_kayak
    DI poetry lesson
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    This lesson for 4th graders is on sense poems. Easily adapted to other grades. http://www.tandl.leon.k12.fl.u...
  • Local_kayak
    develop your own lesson plan in reading with this guide
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    The Annenberg Foundation offers this site. http://www.learner.org/worksho...
  • Local_kayak
    another resource for differentiated instruction
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    Here is a source that hits theory and actual lessons. http://aim.cast.org/learn/hist...
  • Local_kayak
    large resource for differentiation
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    This school district in MO has a page with loads of links. http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us...
  • Local_kayak
    tools for differentiated instruction
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    http://www.k8accesscenter.org/... Has resources for you to look at for working with students with disabilities.
  • Local_kayak
    lesson plan source
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    This site has differentiated instruction lesson plans from K to 12... http://differentiationcentral....
  • Local_kayak
    April is National Poetry Month
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    Want lots of activities for all levels of readers/writers? Go to http://www.scholastic.com/teac... and find wonderful poetry activities for April, or any other month for that matter.
  • Local_kayak
    Another good site
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    This link gives strategies to use as you define a student's needs. From Grand Island Public Schools. http://204.234.22.9/fmi/iwp/cg...
  • Local_kayak
    general overview
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    Here is a site for a general overview of DI. http://www.teach-nology.com/tu...
  • Local_kayak
    Another good site if you are a good detective
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    This site gives the downloads from presentations on differentiated instruction. You need to figure out how the handouts fit with the lecture. Some are self-evident others may have you contacting the presenter for more info (most have the name, phone #, and sometimes the email). Good ideas are in there for you to find. http://www.sde.com/teacher-res...
  • Local_kayak
    Helpful site to try
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    This site from University of Neb. looks like a good one. http://www.unl.edu/csi/index.s...
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    Large gap of DI
    ellonchrist
    I teach 10th grade LA. I have a wide gap of learning abilities in my class. From 3rd grade to 12th grade. How do challenge those that need it and remidate those that need it. I think I am boring the heck out of my advanced students and losing my lower students. My class sizes are small 8-16 students. Any ideas would be wonderful!
  • Local_kayak
    Re: Large gap of DI
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    Right off the top of my head it sounds like you need to offer different material to each group so you don't bore/confuse your students. You can teach the same theme with different work for groups or individuals. What subject/s and why so small a class?
  • Local_kayak
    Great resource to search
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    This site has loads of links. It might be worth exploring. http://www.uhseport.net/publis...
  • Local_kayak
    Quick interview w/Laura Robb on DI and LA
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    Take a look at this very short article, much shorter than the lo-o-ong URL!!! http://www2.scholastic.com/bro...
  • Local_kayak
    Using Book Wizard for differentiated instruction
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    One of the most important parts of differentiating reading instruction is knowing what books are available for each reading level. If you haven't used Book Wizard yet you have to try it. http://bookwizard.scholastic.com/ Let's say you are doing a science lesson on insects and you want books for each child to read. Go to Book Wizard, type "insects" into the quick search box and you will find over 400 books about insects. On the left side of this page you can narrow down the list by lexile, guided reading, DRA, and grade level. Make a list of the books you are interested in and go find them. Now each child will have a rewarding learning experience.
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    pre-test and post-test
    wiseguys1
    One effective strategy that I have found for my 5th grade math class is to give a pre-test before each unit. This is a quick and simple thing to do to assess where your students are. For example, when teaching a unit on multiplication, I can easily see by the pretest who has mastered their basic facts, who can multiply 2 digit by 1 digit numbers, and so on. What I have done for the students that get 0-1 wrong on the pre-test is give them challenge activities (that are not all worksheet based) to work on instead of going through the unit with the class. The pre-test also helps me to skim over or review briefly items that the class already understands instead of wasting valuable class time re-teaching a concept they have already mastered. Check out the link below for some of activities that I use in my classroom. http://www.teacherspayteachers...
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    Re: pre-test and post-test
    S.Birnbaum
    Mskes sense to me!
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    DI Assessments, Articles, and Tools
    mark@penningtonpublishing.com
    Here are some excellent free resources to differentiate instruction, including 13 diagnostic reading assessments, a comprehensive diagnostic spelling assessment, a grammar and mechanics assessment--all with recording matrices to make DI instruction efficient and effective. Some great articles, too! http://penningtonpublishing.co...
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    S.Birnbaum
    I found a new wiki about differentiated instruction. What do you think: http://differentiate-with-tech... ?
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    S.Birnbaum
    I'm glad you liked it :)
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    moninacorrea
    This is an awesome site! Great resource for us teachers!
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    S.Birnbaum
    I found a new wiki about differentiated instruction. What do you think: http://differentiate-with-tech... ?
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    ajspillett
    I have been using decoding journals with my students. I segment CVC words with the students and they write the words in their journals. I use CVC words that reflect as many different letter sounds as possible. When done, I have the students choose one of the words they wrote and write a sentence. For my students who have already exceeded this benchmark, they decide what topic that they would like to write about and we work together to brainstorm a sentence for them to write. Any more ideas?
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    lmjohn521
    I am a K-2 Title I reading teacher. I work with small groups of students in my room. I have tried using wikki sticks on pocket charts; writing in shaving cream, sand, ect.; using magnetic letters; using markers, pens, pencils when writing; tracing giant words on chart paper; and reading books with sight words we are learning to help my students learn to see the new sight words everywhere. Does anyone have more ideas I can use??? I want to keep my students' learning fun for them!
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    sara.kotin
    That is a GREAT idea! How FUN, too! He and She signs will help them learn, quickly.
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    sara.kotin
    That is a GREAT idea! How FUN, too! He and She signs will help them learn, quickly.
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    d.thomas5
    Set up a tic tac toe board on paper. Each player uses a different color marker or crayon. Instead of using x's and o's, the students write a sight word when it is their turn. The first person to get three sight words in a row wins!
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    ajspillett
    The students love the sight word game, Around the World. The students sit in a half circle. One student stands behind the first student. I have all the sight words written on flashcards. I show one sight word at a time to the students. The first student who says the sight word correctly gets to move on to the next student.
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    lmjohn521
    What a fun and EASY idea to try! I can't wait to see how it goes!!
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    towanda4
    I have just started something new for sight word learning. I started wearing a start on my clothes that has a sight word written on it. Before addressing me, the children have to say the sight word. It worked!! Now they are getting confused with the words he, she. So i will have the children wear the construction paper stars on themselves. All the girls will wear she and all the boys will wear he. It could be fun.
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    To get students excited to be back in school, have them create "Top 10" lists of why it's great to be there.
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