Author: Laurie E. Westphal, Ed.D.
Product Code: 9662
ISBN: 9781593639662
Pages: 168
Availability: In stock.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus for the Inclusive Classroom: Social Studies for grades 6–8 offers teachers who have multiple ability levels in one classroom everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. For each topic covered, there are two menus that look similar but contain differentiated content: one menu for students working on grade level and the other for students working below grade level. Using the creative, challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe menus, List menus, 2-5-8 menus, and Game Show menus, students will demonstrate their knowledge with unique, exciting products. Also included are specific guidelines for products, assessment rubrics, and teacher introduction pages for each menu. These menus can also be used in conjunction with the Differentiating Instruction With Menus series (for students working above grade level) for three tiers of complementary menus.

Grades 6–8

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by Mary Lavers
on 1/5/2013
from Canada
Filled with fantastic and inspiring ideas!
Oh these books make me excited! The entire series is filled with such enthusiasm for teaching and so many great ideas for teachers that I actually get a little tingly when I read them.

First of all, I love the idea of creating choice boards (or menus) for students' assignments. It's such a great way to incorporate different means to a common end. This is good for a classroom in which many students may have IPPs so they have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of ways. More importantly, it empowers the students to make the choice themselves, so they can decide which assignments best play to their strengths. And, of course, it allows all of the students to feel they have choices, which is always good. 

I esp. liked the "$1.00 contract" which encourages students to be more creative with their presentation materials since they can only spend $1.00 on them.

For my full review, visit my blogs, Cozy Little Book Journal or The Bookish Elf.
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