Differentiated Instruction

Overview | Write in the Middle Workshop 5: Teaching Multigenre Writing

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The one hour video in Workshop 5 centers on multigenre writing, an eclectic approach to writing instruction that offers students a wide range of options for expressing ideas and communicating knowledge. As students explore different avenues for translating what they think or know into writing, they begin to understand that there is no single right way to communicate. Instead, writing demands intelligent, informed choices based on purpose, audience, content, and personal preference.

Fight Over High-Stakes Testing in Schools Continues

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Find out why some Seattle school teachers oppose standardized testing with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from October 21, 2015.

Geometry and Spatial Relations: It's a Perfect Fit (Part 3)

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of geometry and spatial relations by combining geoblocks to make three-dimensional shapes. This video can be used in conjunction with the "It's a Perfect Fit (Part 3)" lesson plan, as well as the "It's a Perfect Fit (Part 1 and Part 2)" videos and lesson plans.

Statistics: Creatures Features

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Using this resource group, teachers can focus on the topic of statistics. Students research and classify animals of the temperate forest; make a circle graph; collect, display (using a bar graph or line plot), interpret, and analyze a set of data. This resource group is part of the Mathline Elementary School Math Project.

Probability: Chances Are (Part 3)

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of probability by identifying the likelihood of an event based on a set of data relating to mystery spinners. This video can be used in conjunction with the Chances Are (Part 3) lesson plan, as well as the Chances Are parts 1 and 2 videos and lesson plans.

Measurement: It Takes Ten

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In this professional development video, teachers focus on the topic of measurement by having students estimate and measure in a variety of lab experiments. This video can be used in conjunction with the It Takes Ten lesson plan.

Explore Together in Learning Centers | Energy & Motion

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First graders play a PBS KIDS digital game in one of four learning centers set up by their teacher to provide them with different ways to explore energy and motion. At other centers they read books about energy, conduct an investigation with ramps, and share science reports they created using PBS KIDS ScratchJr.

Explore Together in Learning Centers | Animal Adaptations

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A small group of first graders play “Aviva’s Powersuit Maker,” a digital game from Wild Kratts, in one of three learning centers set up for students to explore how animals use their adaptations to meet their needs and survive. At other centers, students watch a video and read books while taking notes to add to a concept map.

Play Together to Extend Concept Knowledge | Energy & Motion

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First grade teacher Alicia Poulin demonstrates how to play and explains the features of “Marbleous Marvel Coaster,” a digital game from the PBS KIDS show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! She is preparing the students to play the game independently or in learning centers to extend concept knowledge about energy and motion.

Energy Assessment and Roller Coasters

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Teacher Michael Griffin assesses his students' understanding of the physics of roller coasters in this video from Teaching High School Physical Science. Watch as Griffin reviews the material using model roller coaster tracks, and observe how he helps individual students work through a concept if they are confused.

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