Propaganda posters and more

Propaganda Poster FI

Seeking new product ideas in your social studies classroom? Try this lesson on propaganda from the Canadian lesson site, CanTeach. Here you will find a step-by-step plan for teacher about propaganda and designing an assignment on the design of propaganda posters.

I love the creative element of this project and the uniqueness of using war posters as a differentiated product, but what really sold me on this lesson was the recommendation (tacked on to the very end of the lesson) to allow students to the choice of creating a [read more...]

Common core character project

Teaching with a Mountain View FI

Today’s post from Teaching with a Mountain View features some great photos of student work. This upper grades elementary teacher shares a foldable that can be used for a character study lesson. Since this product can be used for any novel, all students can use [read more...]

An all-ages painting party

Pumpkin FI

I stumbled onto Art with Mr. E and began to look for posts about differentiation. I intended to browse for five minutes and thirty minutes later I had to snap myself out of a trance and return to writing my own blog posts. There was just so much to explore on this colorful site! I could have picked several ideas to feature, but I was most inspired by this fabulous post about a [read more...]

Using low tech to teach, differentiate and support

Paper Plate FI

When talking to teachers about differentiated products in 2014, options involving technology (e.g., blog posts, animated video clips, Prezi presentations) tend to be at the center of those conversations. Learning about new ways to assess, support, and inspire students is absolutely important, but today’s featured post reminds us that it is also useful to hang on to “the old”. Samantha Decker, a blogger and creative French teacher, reminds us that low tech products like pen pal letters, posters, student-created games, and pencil/paper activities can be used [read more...]

Itty bitty books

Little Book FI

I am a big Sarah Cooley fan! If you don’t know Sarah, she is the hard working blogger and teacher who can be found over on the fabulous early-grades blog, First Grader at Last. I have posted a lot of Sarah’s ideas here in the past, but have not visited lately so I was thrilled to find an idea today that fit perfectly into my October theme of differentiated products: itty bitty books. Click over to Sarah’s blog and you will find this clever little giveaway that can be used immediately in your classroom as a support for [read more...]

Architects in the classroom

Site Plan FI

Edutopia is “to the rescue” once again in providing wonderful resources for a unique product that can be used to teach and assess in the differentiated classroom: an architectural model. Students in Eeva Reeder’s geometry class must develop a site plan, a scale model, floor plans, a perspective drawing, a cost estimate, and a written proposal. This short article provides a detailed description of the architecture project, the many types of assessments used, and the ways in which she encourages [read more...]

Students as virtual teachers

Video FI

As this detailed post on Flipping with Kirch illustrates, e-tutorials are becoming really popular in K-12 classrooms. I am a big fan of using them as assessments and as teaching tools as they allow students to address a host of different skills and let learners showcase abilities that may not be otherwise seen or recognized in a [read more...]

Getting started with portfolios

Portfolio FI

Have you used student or subject-area portfolios to assess learners and help them catalog their own learning? If not, you might consider experimenting with them this year as they are rich with opportunities for differentiation. Portfolios can require some up-front planning; they are sometimes challenging to store and manage and need to be reviewed regularly. On the upside, they allow to [read more...]

Campaign commercials

Harry Truman FI

I got this idea from The New York Times and it is a real gem. In just a few weeks, educators will be talking about elections again. Therefore, it may be time to consider using this unique learning product. Contributed by Ms. Razee, a teacher in Honolulu, this assessment involves teaching students [read more...]

Columbus Day reconsidered

Columbus FI

Today, I am featuring a short article about teaching with cultural, regional, racial and religious diversity in mind. Jump over to Learning Liftoff, a website filled with teaching resources for families and educators, to browse materials appropriate for all grade levels. The featured ideas will [read more...]