Differentiated Instruction Strategies for Science

Instructor: Sarah Mills

Sarah is an educational freelance writer and has taught English and ESL in grades k-12 and college. She has a master's degree in both Literacy and TESOL.

In this lesson, you will learn some strategies for differentiating their instruction in science class in order to meet the needs of all learners. Once you have read the lesson, check out the quiz questions to enhance your learning.

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching that takes into account the varying learning styles and needs of all students. The objective is to provide all students with equitable access to the curriculum.

Science class is a subject area that many students struggle with due to complex concepts, technical vocabulary, and unfamiliar experiments and procedures.

Let's look at some examples of strategies that teachers can use to differentiate instruction in the science classroom.

Flexible Grouping

Flexible grouping is a strategy that teachers can use to create temporary groups based on student needs. A flexible group might consist of partners, a few students, or even the entire class. Sometimes, students might choose partners, and other times, the teacher will assign them.

For example, let's say students break into small groups for a science lab. The teacher could assign each student in the group a specific role that will allow him or her to demonstrate learning based on individual strengths. Here are some possible student roles based on flexible grouping:

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