Graphic organizers are a great way to differentiate instruction for learning cycles in any subject area. This is because cycle graphic organizers can differentiate instruction in three different ways.
- By using them to bring in different multiple intelligences
- By using them to level/scaffold/tier assignments
- By using them for remediation while other students are getting enrichment
A graphic organizer for a cycle can be created simply by using a circle as a base and drawing equally spaced lines off of it to represent the different parts of the cycle and also to allow text to be added and sometimes even drawings. One great resource for graphic organizers is http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico. All of the graphic organizers on the site have text boxes which allows teachers the ability to add content quickly on the computer in order to differentiate instruction for an assignment or part of their lesson plan. Those with a higher ability level would get a blank graphic organizer to encourage a higher level of critical thinking while those on lower ability levels will have more guidance as to where to put the content they are organizing. Graphic organizers can also use drawings to increase the amount of differentiated instruction by adding to the logical multiple intelligence with an increase of the spatial intelligence.
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