Ch 7: Differentiating Instruction in Content Areas

About This Chapter

Integrating special needs students into the classroom often involves adapting or modifying instructional strategies. Use this chapter to learn ways that you can differentiate instruction for special needs students in specific content areas.

Differentiating Instruction in Content Areas - Chapter Summary

The practice of inclusion in public schools in the U.S. requires teachers to acknowledge the different learning styles of students in their classroom and to plan instruction that addresses these differences. The lessons contained in this chapter cover methods and approaches educators can take in developing and planning curricula for science, math, social studies and art.

These lessons are delivered by experienced educators who have worked in inclusive classrooms and applied the methods discussed. You will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson to determine if you fully understand the material or need further review.

How It Helps

  • Outlines teaching strategies: Provides details about various instructional approaches you can take to see which works best for you.
  • Defines key terms and processes: Increases your understanding of topics being discussed by identifying types of differentiated instruction and defining relevant terms.
  • Focuses on student success: Applying differentiated instruction strategies can lead to improved academic performance from your students.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Explain various types of differentiated instruction styles
  • Modify science and math lesson plans as needed
  • Develop differentiated instruction plans for art and social studies

6 Lessons in Chapter 7: Differentiating Instruction in Content Areas
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Differentiate Math Instruction

1. How to Differentiate Math Instruction

In today's diverse classrooms, teachers must differentiate their math instruction in order to meet the needs of a variety of learners. This lesson will explain the main principles of and strategies that support the differentiated math classroom.

Guided Math as Differentiated Instruction

2. Guided Math as Differentiated Instruction

Teaching math concepts to students at different levels of understanding can be challenging. This lesson defines guided math and differentiated instruction, and describes how to incorporate the concepts into classroom lessons.

Math Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

3. Math Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

All students need strategies to find success in math, including those with learning disabilities. What kind of strategies work best? Read on to find out.

Differentiated Instruction in Science

4. Differentiated Instruction in Science

In this lesson, we'll explain what differentiated instruction is in science. We'll look at explicit strategies to differentiate content for a classroom of regular education students and students with mild to moderate disabilities.

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Social Studies

5. Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Social Studies

In this lesson, teachers will learn some methods for differentiating instruction for students in social studies class. The strategies presented are applicable to a variety of age and grade levels, and they can be adapted to meet the needs of all learners.

Differentiated Instruction in Art

6. Differentiated Instruction in Art

In this lesson, teachers will learn strategies for differentiating art instruction. The lesson will provide some tips that teachers can use for general education students as well as students with learning disabilities.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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