Author: Laurie E. Westphal, Ed.D.
Product Code: 8856
ISBN: 9781593638856
Pages: 176
Availability: In stock.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts 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 genres, popular novels, and mechanics.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Language Arts 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

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by Celina Brennan
on 9/21/2012
from Washington
A Must Have!
As a 3/4/5 Multiage Teacher, I found this book (along with others in the series) to be a key resource in organizing the learning within my classroom.  Westphal’s menu books have assisted me with meeting diverse academic ranges and infusing content standards.  Project Based Learning has allowed for students within my classroom to pursue their interests and choose projects that match their personal learning styles.  The variety of menus within these books allow for all learners to find an entry point with a concept.  Small rubrics are also included which provide students simple descriptions of each project, increase their independence as learners, and allow for self-assessment to be a natural part of the learning process.   These menus can be used to supplement curriculum, introduce or review concepts, or formatively assess student learning.  I highly recommend these books to other teachers who strive to meet individual needs and personalize instruction for all students. 
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