The benefits from offering even a few extended learning opportunities for your students will open up a world of exploration and inquiry that transform your classroom from a place of tiresome routine to a place of engaging discovery. I'm going to share some of the ways that I have already differentiated the curriculum in my classroom this year with simple teacher friendly strategies.
"What's the Question?" On Tuesdays and Thursdays I change the answer. The students work with partners and develop a set of at least four expressions equivalent to the answer. I set simple guidelines. In each expression you must use three different operations and have one set of parenthesis. They place their "sticky answer" on the answer board and we share a few responses together.
On Mondays I introduce the research projects for the week ahead. The research projects are math related and correlated to grade appropriate standards. On Fridays we share their responses to their projects. At the end of the year each student creates a scrapbook with all of the research that they have completed throughout the year by compiling their sticky notes.
I use the larger post-it notes as some of the responses are quite lengthy. The students love these projects and they have something to look forward to when they have completed their work.
|This is one of the projects my students completed using one of the non-fiction book report templates we use on "Wacky Science Wednesday|