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Here are three ideas to help differentiate classroom instruction.
Students identify their learning styles. In this differentiated instruction lesson plan, students create learning profile cards and discuss their results. Students share the information with their teachers.
Ninth graders explore combinations and permutations. In this discrete mathematics lesson, 9th graders examine hypothetical situations to gain an understanding of the difference between a combination and a permutation.  The lesson provides for differentiated instruction and uses real-world application problems.
Educators can use the Principles of Bloom's Taxonomy as a Guideline for Differentiated Instruction.
What role does geography play in the development of a culture? How does ancient Greek culture still influence civilization today? These and other questions are explored in a unit study of Ancient Greece. The overview of the unit provided in this resource includes the unit and lesson objectives, essential questions, links to daily plans, graphic organizers, timed activities, a vocabulary list, and differentiated instruction strategies. The framework could be used as is, or enriched with additional activities.
Middle schoolers participate in a differentiated lesson about Tuck Everlasting. For this Tuck Everlasting lesson, students work on comprehension strategies that are leveled for their reading ability. They focus on the ability to tell the main idea of each chapter in an oral discussion, completing a character map, retelling the story, and assimilating the associated vocabulary.
Mathematicians make representations of fractional parts of a whole and learn that a decimal is another way to represent a fractional part. Understanding is extended by comparing and ordering fractions and decimals on a number line. This high-quality resoucre comes complete with student handouts. Make sure to consider it for addressing Common Core standards in math.
Katherine Paterson’s young adult novel Lyddie is the foundation of a differentiated instruction unit that not only explores the rise of industrialization and labor but women’s rights issues as well. The resource links, list of activities, assessment tools, and template for planning modifications make this a powerful teacher resource.
In a math journal, seventh graders address the questions of using variables and notation in real-world math problems. In groups, they arrange themselves in order of birthdate, then subtract the number of their month from seven (for July). These numbers become the integers for a number line investigation on absolute values. A detailed lesson plan guides you as the teacher, and ideas are provided for differentiated instruction, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and homework. 
Teach your third graders to compare and contrast literary elements in two different works on related topics. A pre-assessment activity asks young readers to identify story elements such as character, setting, plot, and main idea. Pairs then record the similarities and differences between the two poems or stories on a Venn diagram. Instructional tips, differentiated instructional support, and extensions are included.
Students explore different natural and manmade disasters through a webquest. In this earth science lesson, students explain their causes. They also discuss how disasters affect society. 
Create a graphic autobiography integrating images and text. Working within the structure of the programs Comic Life and Photoshop, pupils integrate the Principles of Design. They focus on balance, rhythm, proportion, and text structure. The activity provides assessment, differentiated instruction, and enrichment options.
A great way to differentiate instruction is to allow for diverse outcomes from the same assignment.
Kindergarteners create an illustrated class book detailing their experiences creating adobe bricks and building a house that the Big Bad Wolf cannot blow down. Richly detailed, the lesson not only includes a recipe for Adobe bricks but also includes a discussion of man-made and natural materials, differentiated instruction support, extensions and connections. Messy fun.
Why do readers need to know an author’s purpose? How do you figure out what that purpose is? Guide your pupils through a series of activities that show them how to identify various techniques and structures used in persuasive writing. They then draft their own persuasive piece. Differentiated instruction support, extensions, and rubrics are included in this very detailed, scripted, interdisciplinary plan.
Eighth graders test various hypothetical situations to gain knowledge of the difference between a combination and a permutation. They create lists and tree diagrams to assist them in organizing information. Pupils use counting techniques to determine numerical solutions for problems and situations involving combinations and permutations.
Eighth graders analyze historical abolitionist speeches to gain knowledge of the social, economic and political effects of institutional racism and discrimination. They write an essay analyzing an abolitionist speech. Pupils write about the speech that they researched that an abolitionist gave.
Investigate fraction and decimal equivalencies by using base-ten blocks and grid paper to determine the relationships. Your young mathematicians will compare and order the fractions and decimals to increase their understanding of the concepts. They take pre and post assessments, and complete the associated worksheets.
Create a written document to show knowledge of producers, consumers, decomposers, and symbiotic relationships. To investigate food consumption, your classes will differentiate between types of symbiosis and explain examples of each.
Practice long and short vowel sounds with your studetns. They participate in a "Wheel of Fortune" game where they complete a phrase using vowels. Students also participate in a short vowel sound sing-along.

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