Over the last 20 years, I’ve learned that when teaching in my multi-age classroom, differentiation is a MUST.
I tackle this in many different ways, but the basic plan is to have three different levels of complexity available to students. This can be done in a number of ways : by adapting work, color coding activities, or even extension activities for early finishers either on the page, or available elsewhere in the classroom.
When I work with my student teachers, I explain a very BASIC model of differentiating non-fiction writing:
The booklets I’ve used in the above example are also differentiated in that there are full page and half page formats, and some booklets have multiple pages that we’ve glued together depending on the students’ writing ability.
We like to shoot high with our expectations and I find adding extra pages is a great way to encourage students to push themselves to find more content.
The shape books shown above are available in this set of Write Insides. There are many different themes available through the school year, seasons and holidays. I use them in conjunction with information cards, and posters from the Little Writers sets described below in more detail.
For the same series in different biomes and themes, there are complete sets in the same format for African Animals, Rainforest Animals and Sea Creatures! Click on any picture to see the bundle of sets that are reduced in price.
Help For Your Classroom
If you’d like to try a free sample of how these sets approach differentiation, just click HERE. The free set is located within the free preview.
Download the preview and print as many pages as you’d like to try with your class! I hope they will help you with your differentiation goals.
Not sure how to do this? Click on the link above and click PREVIEW on the product. Click the download icon at the top to download the preview, and then print the whole set of cards and writing prompts!
Looking for more literacy or math resources – or clip art?
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