Differentiation Tools for Grades 3–5
Differentiation Tools for Grades 3–5
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 by Andilynn Feddeler

Students have different interests and methods of learning, and they learn at different challenge levels. Teaching at one level of difficulty will leave some students bored, and others lost, so educators must find ways to reach all students without grouping them into one category. Creating interdisciplinary learning experiences that provide real-world connections and engage students in relevant and meaningful learning can seem like a daunting task, but with these resources, students of all levels in grades 3–5 will be appropriately challenged.

  • Creative Curriculum Extenders: Differentiated Projects for the Language Arts Classroom is an easy-to-use source of reading and writing curriculum projects that help teachers differentiate instruction. Each page has four in-depth, open-ended, and varied project choices, allowing students to pick a project that fits their needs, ability level, and learning style. 

  • Differentiating Instruction With Menus (2nd ed.) series. This series has helped teachers nationwide differentiate instruction for their high-ability learners with easy-to-use menus and exciting tools to challenge and reach gifted and advanced students in the classroom. Each book includes an updated, student-friendly rubric that can assess different types of products, free choice proposal forms to encourage independent study, and new and favorite challenging menus to meet the needs of these diverse higher level learners. 

  • 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.

  • Differentiation That Really Works: Strategies From Real Teachers for Real Classrooms provides time-saving strategies and lesson ideas created and field-tested by practicing professionals in their own heterogeneous classrooms. These strategies, including exit cards, choice boards, cubing, graphic organizers, learning contracts, and tiered lessons, help pave the way to a differentiated classroom that meets all students' needs!

  • Differentiated Projects for Gifted Students: 150 Ready-to-Use Independent Studies will help teachers provide differentiated learning experiences for advanced and gifted learners based on grade-level content. Each project is written for learners in grades 3–5 to use independently, and the teacher-friendly projects require few additional materials and very little guidance.