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Draw on students' passions or curiosities

Differentiating by interest tugs at the heartstrings of all students, regardless of their levels of readiness or their learning profiles. 
 

When differentiating by interest, teachers craft activities that permit students to further explore their own interests and develop new ones.  Tasks promote curiosity, and in turn, learning becomes more appealing.  
 

Four inquiry-driven, instructional strategies that offer students a chance to work with excitement and enthusiasm are RAFT, WebQuest, Jigsaw, and I-Search.  

Here are some examples of each strategy and how you might apply them at a specific grade level:

 

    Strategy

RAFT

WebQuest

Jigsaw

I-Search

Grade

2

3

4

5

(Primary) Content Area

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

 Curriculum Connections

Art

Technology

Social Studies

Technology

Language Arts

Technology

Language Arts

Technology

Lesson

Chalk Box Kid

Multiplication + Cryptography

Volcanoes

Early Explorers

Tech Links

The Chalk Box Kid Links and Puzzle


Writing Friendly Letters

Build the Code WebQuest

 

Multiplication Flashcards

 

Break the Code at the CIA

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Tectonics Jigsaw

 

Volcano World

 

Stromboli
 

 

Explorer sites
 

Explorer  sites

 

Tech Skills/

Tools

MS Paint

Word

Puzzle Maker Cryptogram

Publisher/ Word

PowerPoint

Web research

Publisher/Word

Paint

Web research

Student Assessment

Rubric: completed RAFT, graphic organizer, and completed product

Rubric: completed WebQuest

Rubric: research notes, completed product, cooperative group, effective team member

Rubric: research, writing, and technology components

Student
 Product

Personal letter

Original art

Cryptogram

Educational Game or Brochure

Miss Kellogg's Class
 

Supporting Materials

Desert Unit RAFT example
 

Student copies of Chalk Box Kid

Build the Code WebQuest (paper copies)
 

Scrap paper

Brochure template
 

Game Board template or pre-teach the skills

Bookmark template

For more information about each strategy, check out these links:

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RAFT = Role, Audience, Format, Topic at http://tinyurl.com/5wyfhs

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WebQuest at http://webquest.sdsu.edu/materials.htm

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Jigsaw Groups at http://www.jigsaw.org/overview.htm

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I-Search at http://www2.edc.org/FSC/MIH/i-search.html

 

   Last updated:06/17/2010