Iroquois and Algonquian Cultures Lesson Plan
Social Studies differentiated instruction is done beautifully in the Iroquois and Algonquian Cultures lesson plan. It uses both the Multiple Intelligence Theory and ability levels to differentiate instruction.
To differentiate instruction for vocabulary, there are three vocabulary ability level worksheets. They all give the option to either use the linguistic Multiple Intelligence or the Spatial Multiple Intelligence in the right hand column. The enriched version of the vocabulary sheet allows students to write the definitions using their own words. The average leveled sheet allows students to fill in the blanks of the definitions. The basic leveled sheet allows the students to take the time they need to read the definition and then fill in the right had column just like the other levels. Below is the average level vocabulary sheet.
The Iroquois and Algonquian lesson plan continues to differentiate instruction by providing three levels of note taking sheets for students. The enriched version allows for more critical thinking by allowing them to choose what they include in their notes and how they state it while following the PowerPoint. The average note sheet is more guided and allows them to fill in the blanks as they go through the PowerPoint. The basic version sheet follows the PowerPoint mini-lesson and is almost all intact. The reason for this is to allow the students to listen to the content and then while the other students are writing in their notes, these students, who need to have repetition, can use partner review or ask questions for clarification. There are also maps and charts in both versions to bring in the Spatial Multiple Intelligence.
Even the activity section of the Iroquois and Algonquian lesson plan uses differentiated instruction. There are two options for students to use the same content. The first option is writing a diary entry. Writing a diary entry brings in the linguistic and interpersonal or intrapersonal (depending on if they choose to have a partner or not) Multiple Intelligence. The second option is a drawing. The drawing brings in the spatial and interpersonal or intrapersonal Multiple Intelligence. Both of these activities even come with grading rubrics.
For the concluding set, two ability level versions of a graphic organizer are available. The basic version takes away the labeling step.
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