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Day 10: Do-it-yourself page turners

Posted on December 10, 2013 in Differentiating Instruction, Inclusion

In some instances, differentiation is simply about making simple changes to classroom materials. This is often the case for learners with motor planning problems. These students might require a physical change to the book itself in order to manipulate it and be as independent as possible. This adaptation works well for board books and shorter texts. It can also be used to help students find the most commonly used sections of text or reference books.

Page turner

Simply affix the craft sticks to the pages with glue and allow them to dry by spreading the book open and laying it on a flat surface.

For board books or texts that have thicker pages, binder clips can serve as impromptu and removable turners.

For more differentiation ideas for K-12 classrooms, get your copy of From Text Maps to Memory Caps [Paul Brookes Publishing].


  1. From Charmaine Thaner on 10 Dec 2013

    I love your creative ideas Paula! I have also used Post-It Notes tabs for helping students quickly access parts of a book.

  2. From Paula Kluth on 10 Dec 2013

    Great idea– the easier the idea, the more likely we are to use it. Post its may be the best go-to school supply for quick adaptations ever! ;)