Posted on March 28, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction
In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel. We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo and Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for teaching literature. Textbook boxes can also be created. That is, objects related to a given chapter can be collected and used to teach the objectives in any unit or lesson.
This collection was assembled for a chapter on electricity. Objects were used to help students with disabilities answer questions (students point to objects or pictures instead of speaking or writing words) and physically explore materials related to the chapter.
Packed with creative adaptation ideas like fidget bags, doodle notes, and choice boards, this book gives K 12 educators 100 teacher-designed, kid-tested strategies they can use to meet the needs of all students in inclusive classrooms.