Differentiated Instruction Lesson Plan

Instructor: Frank Clint

Frank has been an educator for over 10 years. He has a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Teach students about differentiated instruction with this hands-on lesson. By the end of the lesson, all participants will know what it means to differentiate content, process, and product.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:


1 to 1.5 hours


  • Paper
  • Poster Paper
  • Writing utensils

Curriculum Standards

InTASC Standard #2: Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures

and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Introductory Activity

  • Ask for two volunteers.
  • Write a math problem on the board and ask one of the volunteers to solve it independently using numbers.
  • Sit with another student and give the student manipulatives to solve the problem.
  • Then have students tell you which direction was easiest to follow. Ask them to discuss why you would use two different methods with different students to address the same concept.
  • Then introduce the word differentiated instruction by projecting it on the board.
  • Ask students about their understanding and experience with differentiated instruction.

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