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Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher: Activities and Strategies for an Inclusive Classroom

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8467-0
256 pages
March 2010, Jossey-Bass
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An indispensable guide for middle school science teachers who have inclusive classrooms

The third volume in the Differentiated Instruction series, Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Science Teacher offers teachers proven techniques for designing and delivering effective science instruction, measuring success, getting students to work together, and collaborating with other professionals. The ready-to-use activities are tied to core curriculum standards for middle school students and each lesson incorporates adaptations for students with different learning needs.

  • Includes strategies for teaching a standards-based science curriculum
  • Contains a wealth of activities that can be adapted for learners of all abilities
  • Offers information for delivering effective instruction, measuring success, and student collaboration

The authors, both experienced teachers, offer a range of techniques, such as station/group activities, enrichment activities, and modifications for students with specific disabilities.

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About This Book.

About the Authors.



Part One: Being Successful in the Inclusive Classroom.

Chapter 1: Collaborating Effectively.

Collaborating for Intervention.

Collaborating with the Child Study Team.

Collaborating with Parents and Families.

Tips for Talking with Parents.

Chapter 2: Preparing for Differentiated Learning.

Working with Core Curriculum Standards.

Assessing Learning Styles.

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Strengths.

Planning for Students with Special Needs.

Chapter 3: Effective Teaching Strategies for Differentiating Instruction.

The Effective Inclusive Classroom.

Measuring Success.

Part Two: Science Activities for the Inclusive Middle School Classroom.

Chapter 4: Scientific Inquiry.

Activity 1: Scientific Method.

Activity 2: Famous Scientists.

Chapter 5: Physical Science.

Activity 1: Force.

Activity 2: Motion.

Activity 3: Properties of Matter.

Activity 4: Phases of Matter.

Activity 5: Acids and Bases.

Activity 6: Using the Periodic Table.

Activity 7: Alternative Energy Sources.

Chapter 6: Earth and Space Science.

Activity 1: Types of Rocks.

Activity 2: Volcanoes.

Activity 3: Minerals.

Activity 4: Oceans and Seas.

Activity 5: The Solar System.

Activity 6: Stars and Galaxies.

Activity 7: TheWater Cycle.

Chapter 7: Life Science.

Activity 1: Classification of Organisms.

Activity 2: The Structure and Function of Cells.

Activity 3: Cell Division—Mitosis.

Activity 4: Cell Division—Meiosis.

Activity 5: Heredity and Genetics.

Activity 6: Plants.

Chapter 8: The Human Body.

Activity 1: The Skeletal System, Joints, and Muscles.

Activity 2: The Cardiovascular System.

Activity 3: The Central Nervous System.

Activity 4: The Digestive System.

Activity 5: Blood.

Activity 6: The Ear.

Activity 7: The Eye.

Answer Key.

National Curriculum Standards.




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Joan D'Amico, M.A., L.D.T.C., is a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in the Garfield School District in New Jersey. She has over 15 years of experience as a learning disabilities teacher and consultant in both public and private schools, and also has a private practice as a learning disabilities specialist.

Kate Gallaway, M.A., teaches science and math methods to beginning teachers and graduate students. She has worked with districts and teachers nationwide on differentiated instruction.
Joan and Kate are also the co-authors of Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Math Teacher and Differentiated Instruction for the Middle School Language Arts Teacher.

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