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Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, Grades K-8 - Gayle H. Gregory

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Science, Grades K-8

Paperback Published: 23rd April 2008
ISBN: 9781412916516
Number Of Pages: 200

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Science learning has not always kept pace with demands for improvement in reading and math test scores, but adaptable thinking and learning in science are essential competencies for learners who will need to keep up with accelerating demands in high school, college, and the workplace for technological knowledge and skills. Using the accessible and proven instructional strategies introduced in Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All (Corwin, 2002), authors Gayle Gregory and Elizabeth Hammerman provide an expanded approach to creating science classrooms where learners thrive and succeed.

Topics include:

- Encouraging inquiry, trust, and relaxed alertness for learners

- Creating hands-on performance tasks and rubrics applicable to real life settings

- Using data to assess learner knowledge and achievement gaps against grade-level standards

-Continuous assessment before, during, and after learning

- Methods for engaging emerging learners, developing learners, and fluent learners at all stages of development

- Ready-to-use strategies for inquiry-based learning, inexpensive hands-on learning, problem-based learning, cooperative learning, focus and sponge activities, graphic organizers, choice boards, and more

- Management and pacing strategies for the differentiated science classroom.

A generous collection of templates, planners, checklists, rubrics, and graphic organizers will be included in the text. Standards-based sample lessons will be offered for grades K-8.

Industry Reviews

"Teachers will find techniques to apply in the classroom immediately. The examples are user friendly and easy to understand. There is little doubt that using these strategies will enhance any science classroom." -- Jennifer Linrud Sinsel, Fifth-Grade Science Teacher
"This book addresses a real area of need and contains an abundant set of strategies." -- Susan Koba, Educational Consultant
"This is an excellent sourcebook for science teachers who are looking for strategies to engage diverse learners. The reader can look for a specific topic and find not only support for the strategies but also specific examples of the teaching tools. The charts, strategies, graphics, and rubrics are reader-friendly!" -- Phyllis Milne, Associate Director of School Administration
"The book contains a lot of information about national science standards and multiple learning styles, plus good sample units in science and good suggestions for Web sites. The authors are great science teachers who believe wholly in engaging students in the wonder of the natural world." -- Marcia LeCompte, Intermediate/MultiageTeacher
"The book provides very useful information for implementing differentiated instruction. Its research base plus concrete and useable examples mixes the theory with the practical. Teachers will find this book valuable." -- Mandy Frantti, Science Teacher
"An impressively comprehensive collection of student-centered, research-based classroom practices in one slim, well-organized volume. This book would be a valuable resource to teachers in any setting. Preservice teachers are likely to keep it long after the class has ended to revisit management topics such as organizing a science notebook and creating cooperative groups, as well as to use or adapt the science-interest inventory and organizers for explaining and creating meaning. Districts will benefit from the book's focus on process skills and pedagogy as well as the integration of 21st-century literacy standards with the science content standards. Science specialists, gifted and talented resource teachers, and special educators will all appreciate the book's approach to high expectations for students, thinking and problem solving, and authentic assessment. The book would also be an excellent book study as part of the development of professional learning communities." -- Teacher Education Materials (TE-MAT) Project

About the Authors
Differentiated Instruction
Teaching Matters
Clarifying Instructional Goals
Differentiated Instruction in Action
Effective Science Education
Creating a Climate for Differentiated Instruction
A Climate for Learning
A Safe and Enriched Environment
Internet Resources Related to Health and Safety
Natural Learning Systems
Emotional Learning System
Social Learning System
Physical Learning System
Cognitive Learning System
Reflective Learning System
Learning Systems With Links to National Standards
A Planning Guide for Differentiated Instruction
Phases of the Planning Guide
Scientific and Technological Literacy for the Twenty-First Century
Scientific Literacy
Science Education Standards
Unifying Concepts and Processes
Process and Thinking Skills in K-8 Science
Dispositions That Underlie Science
Dimensions of Learning
Technological Literacy
Views of Technology
Integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Knowing the Learner
Multicultural Education
Multicultural Education in Science
Gender Equity
Gender Equity in Science
Learning Modalities
Learning and Thinking Styles
Kolb's Learning Styles
McCarthy's 4MAT System
Gregorc's Thinking Styles
Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Eight Intelligences Linked to Science
Sternberg's View of Intelligence
Learning Activities Linked to Intelligences
Strategies for PreAssessment
Assessing Prior Knowledge
Addressing Misconceptions
Pretest of Concepts
Pretest of Skills
Designing Differentiated Instruction
Methods and Effective Practices for Increasing Student Achievement
Methods for Teaching and Learning Science
The Roles of Teachers and Student in Methods
Research-Based Effective Practices
Strategies Linked to Brain Research and Classroom Practices
Science Notebooks as Tools for Learning
Lab Reports
Cooperative Learning
Adjustable Assignments
Curriculum Compacting
Strategies for Activating and Engaging
Strategies for Engagement
K-W-L Charts
Discrepant Events
School Site Investigations
Informal Learning Environments
Video Clips
Guest Speakers
Literature in Science
Case Studies
Strategies for Acquiring and Exploring
Inquiry Defined
Traditional Versus Inquiry-Based Classrooms
Factors That Support Inquiry and Differentiated Instruction in Science
Environments That Support Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
Classroom Features
Equipment and Supplies
Management Strategies
Problem-Based Learning
Examples of PBL Topics
Booklets, Posters, and Brochures
Projects at the Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Grade Levels
Science Fair Projects
Product Testing and Survey Research
Science and Technological Design
Examples of Stations at the Primary Grade Level
Example of Stations at the Intermediate Grade Level
Example of Stations at the Middle Grade Level
Structured Centers
Exploratory Centers
Relearning Centers
Assessment for Stations and Centers
Choice Boards
Choice Boards for a Primary Level Study of Animals
Contract for Rocks and Minerals
Choice Board for Activities
Computer-Based Technologies as Tools for Learning
Strategies for Explaining, Applying, and Creating Meaning
Group Discussion
Questions for Thinking and Problem Solving
Discussion Starters
Nonlinguistic Representations for K-8 Science
Data Tables and Graphs
Creating Graphs
Bar Graphs
Line Graphs
Circle Graphs
Six Types of Graphic Organizers
Four-Corner Organizer
Strategies for Elaborating and Extending Learning
Beyond the Basics
Games That Enhance Learning
Cubing With Questions About the Moon
Analogies and Similes
Similes for a Middle Grade Unit on Cells
Strategies for Assessing and Evaluating Learning
Assessment and Evaluation
Assessment Strategies in the Science Classroom
Performance Tasks for Learning and Assessment
Creating Rubrics for Teacher Assessment and Self-Assessment
Holistic Rubrics
Generalized Rubrics
Analytic Rubrics
Planning Differentiated Instruction: The Key to Success
Considerations, Resources, and Strategies for Differentiating Instruction in Science
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ISBN: 9781412916516
ISBN-10: 1412916518
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 23rd April 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.44