By Gina Kennedy

By Gina Kennedy

Monday Morning Differentiation Ideas!


Great ideas to differentiate and integrate the real world into your curriculum and create a rigorous learning environment! 
Just a few more weeks to make an impact on our learners!  I had another wonderful teacher appreciation week and the gifts that I loved the most were those that came from the heart and included handwritten notes.
I only have each of my groups for limited time periods every day being that I am a Talented and Gifted Specialist.  However, when I catch the little things that they do such as in the photo below on a daily basis to show their appreciation; I have one of those "awwww" moments that reiterate just why I do what I do!
My fifth graders playing hangman......
1. "Dad, We're Tied Together"  This week my students created Father's Day ties and wrote poems explaining how they're tied together for life.  They really turned out cute and I'm sure their dads or grandfathers will love them!

2. "Great Story Time Review"  After I finish each book during story time I always discuss what I've read by writing any text features that I'd like to review on the dry erase board.  I ask the students to erase any one of the text features and then explain how it relates to the story that they just heard. This can be used as review for any story or novel as well as books that they have read.

3. "Passion Projects" I use this time of the year let the students study that one topic that they've been dying to learn about all year.  From football, soccer, rap stars or even fashion; they choose the topic that they are passionate about and create a report and artistic presentation.  I've included a link to this free document below:

Hang in there, you are just a few weeks away from a good night's sleep, catching up on reading, watching your favorite shows and those wonderful summer travels.....