PACE LA Resources

Ideas for Differentiation- Adapted from Alicia Harris

Diving Deeper with Reading

Fountas & Pinnell- The Continuum

The continua provide specific descriptions of the texts that students read, listen to, write, and perform. In addition, each continuum lists specific behaviors and understandings that are required at each level for students to demonstrate thinking within, beyond, and about the text. These behaviors and understandings describe what students will be expected to do in order to effectively read and understand the text. Check Out- PowerTeaching @ LISD PD on Eduphoria. I also have a copy if you would like to take a look.

Teaching Resources

Book Talks

Book Talks can be an interesting way for students to synthesize their reading and share with others.

Creating opportunities for authentic audiences can increase student motivation for reading. Students share their book talk in class or using technology. Some teachers have had students create QR codes that can be glued in the front cover of classroom books so that other students who are interested in the book can listen to another student's review.

How to Do a Booktalk

Example of a Book Talk

3rd grade Booktalk

This tool can help you quickly develop creative and interesting reader's response prompts.

Genius Hour & Self-Directed Research

What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
Renzulli's Interest-A-Lyzer

This form can help kid identify their interests in order to select topics for further research. Students with similar interests may benefit from working together on a project.

Other Options to Differentiate for Advanced Learners

Differentiating Learning Objectives for Higher Learners

This article discusses 4 ways to adapt the learning objective for advanced students. Options for differentiation including adapting thinking skills, content, resources, and products.

Using Pre-Assessment to Differentiate

Step-by-step instructions on how one teacher used pre-assessment to provide challenge to all of her students.

Erin Warham- Instructional Coach, Deer Creek Elementary