Differentiating Instruction with Menus - Science

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Sample Menu from this Book - Light and Its Properties


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Hi Laurie - 


I am Lee DeWitt and I was just at your most recent GT course for Comal ISD.  First, I must tell you something anecdotal.  My daughter is 13 and has been tested GT.  So when we were sitting on the couch and I was soooooo excited about all my new toys, I was sharing with her all the new activities.  So I arbitrarily opened the menu book for science and found a 2-5-8 chart and told her the basic rules.  I told her she needed to choose assignments that total 10 points.  With total disregard for points she started picking the ones she wanted to do.  I reminded her that she only needed to accumulate 10 points and with genuine interest she said, "Ya, but can't I do more?"  It almost brought tears to my eyes to see how effective your ideas were immediately and I can't tell you how long it has been since I have been this excited about the beginning of a school year.  So much thanks again.

Differentiating Instruction With Menus offers teachers everything they need to create a student-centered learning environment based on choice. Addressing the four main subject areas (language arts, math, science, and social studies) and the major concepts taught within these areas, these books provide a number of different types of menus that elementary-aged 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.

Each book contains attractive reproducible menus, each based on the levels of Bloom's revised taxonomy, for students to use to guide them in making decisions as to which products they will develop after studying a major concept or unit. Using creative and challenging choices found in Tic-Tac-Toe Menus, List Menus, 2-5-8 Menus, Baseball 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 book includes menus that teach students about physical science, earth science, and scientists and the tools they use.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 – All About Menus and Choice


Chapter One – Choice

         Why is choice important?

          How can teachers allow choice? / What is a menu?

3 Square – Tic Tac Toe

          List Menus / Challenge Lists

          2-5-8 Menus

          Game Show Menu

          Using Free Choice


Chapter Two - Guidelines for products

          $1 Contract

          Product List by Learning Style

          Product Cards


Chapter Three – Rubrics

         Use of Rubrics

All Purpose Rubric

Student Taught Lesson Rubric


Part 2 – The Menus


Chapter Four – Menus for the Physical Sciences

          States of Matter Tic Tac Toe Menu

          Physical Properties of Matter

          Mixtures and Compounds 2-5-8 Menu

                    Mixture Lab

          Simple Machines Tic Tac Toe Menu

          Sound 2-5-8 Menu

                    Toot a Flute Activity

          Light and Its Properties Tic Tac Toe Menu

                    Build a Kaleidoscope Activity

Alternate Energy Sources Tic Tac Toe Menu

Chapter Five – Menus for the Biological Sciences

          Plants 2-5-8 Menu

Food Chains and Food Webs 2-5-8 Menu

Adaptations Tic Tac Toe Menu

Adaptations Cube

Cells and Their Organelles 2-5-8 Menu

Cell Cube

Human Body Systems Baseball Menu

Human Body Cube

Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles 2-5-8 Menu

Water Cycle 2-5-8 Menu

Plants and Animal Life Cycles 2-5-8 Menu  


Chapter Six – Menus for the Earth Sciences

          Our Oceans Game Show Menu

                    Ocean Cube

Our Soil Tic Tac Toe Menu

          The Rock Cycle 2-5-8 Menu        

Earths Processes Tic Tac Toe Menu

          Fossils and Fossil Records 2-5-8 Menu

          Our Earth’s Resources List Menu

Weather Phenomena Game Show Menu

          Planetary Baseball Menu

Space Game Show Menu

Space Cube

The Sun Tic Tac Toe Menu

The Lunar Cycle 2-5-8 Menu                 

Chapter Seven – Menus for Scientists and the Tools They Use

          Scientific Tools Tic Tac Toe Menu

          Young Scientists Tic Tac Toe Menu

          Famous Scientists Tic Tac Toe Menu


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