# Differentiation using tiered activities

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Tiered activities are activities that differ in levels of complexity, but not in format. The lowest level must still meet standards and benchmarks, while the highest level is meant to enrich. It is key that students have choice, but the teacher should reserve the right to guide more capable students toward higher level activitites.

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2. 3-2-1 Assumption Wall What we know about differentiation Differentiation strategies we have tried Concerns or Question www.wallwisher.com/wall/as sumptionwall 3. The What, the Why, and the How of Tiered Activities Blooms Levels of Thinking Poster provided by Derek Cutler WHAT: Teach the same concepts and skills, but at different levels of complexity WHY: Children are at different levels of readiness HOW: Levels are increasingly complex Student Choice, but reserve the right to guide 4. Processing Activity Move around the room to the beat of the music. When you hear the music stop, turn and talk to the person closest to you about the assigned question. 5. Question #1: What is differentiation? 6. Question #2: What are Tiered activities ? 7. Question #3 What is an assignment that you currently assign your students, that you could possibly tier today? 8. Flexible Grouping Strategy Find the Colored Table card that matches the color your name is written in on your tiered activities packet. 9. Tiered Math Activity RED 200 x 3= a 40 x 30 =a 900 x 90=a 40 x a = 160,000 You will have 60 seconds to solve for a. Select the level you feel most comfortable with. BLUE 80 x 80 = a (2 x 10) x 7 = a 4 x 9 x 5 = a 4 x (25 x 19) = a BLACK 700.a =2100 50 (2 x 27) =a 25 (16 x a) =1600 A= (25x25) x (4x12) 10. Tiered Activities in Action Read The Grave is a Fine and Private Place, with your partner. Match Mrs. Gathercoles sequence of activities to each stage in the designing a tiered activity, chart. 11. Initial Planning Form for a Tiered Unit Theme or Topic: Landforms 12. Initial Planning Form for a Tiered Unit Theme or Topic: Landforms Standards/Benchmarks: 1. I.D. various landforms and bodies of water 2. Compare and contrast the physical features of the land 13. Initial Planning Form for a Tiered Unit Theme or Topic: Landforms Standards/Benchmarks: 1. I.D. various landforms and bodies of water 2. Compare and contrast the physical features of the land Possible Student Activities Level of difficulty 1. Define mountain, valley, plain, desert, river, lake, ocean, island using a dictionary and drawing a picture 1 2. Identify each landform on a map of the U.S. Color code to indicate 2 Landforms and their elevation. 14. Initial Planning Form for a Tiered Unit Theme or Topic: Landforms Standard/Benchmarks: 1. I.D. various landforms and bodies of water 2. Compare and contrast the physical features of the land Possible Student Activities level of difficulty 1. Define mountain, valley, plain, desert, river, lake, ocean, 1 island using a dictionary and drawing a picture Write a paragraph using these vocabulary words. 2 Write a poem describing the valley, plain, desert, river, lake, ocean and island. 3 2. Identify each landform on a map of the U.S. and color code to indicate the elevation of each landform (include a legend). 2 Label a map of the U.S. with landforms and add lakes and oceans 1 Identify landforms on a map of the U.S. using a color coded legend, and write 2-3 activities that might be popular in that area 3

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