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Differentiation Jump Start

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Differentiation by Content 




Choose your process




ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension. 





Edshelf Review 




(Requires free registration) 

LearnZillion is an online database of short video lessons that address learning topics aligned to individual Common Core standards. The lessons cover math, close reading, and some writing standards. Experienced teachers create the 3- to 5-minute videos and lesson plans, complete with leveled practice problems, anchor texts, and writing prompts.

For kids, the videos feature commentary, extra hints, tricks, and a “try it yourself” segment to help them practice on their own, using pencil and paper to follow the video’s guidance. Multiple-choice quizzes help assess students' learning. When both kids and teachers create accounts, teachers can assign lessons to individual students or to the whole class, see who's completed a lesson, and view students' scores.

From commonsense.org 


Video: What is Learn Zillion?


Edsurge  Review 




Rewordify.com is powerful, free, online software that claims to improve reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:

  • Intelligently simplify difficult English, for faster comprehension
  • Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary
  • Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons
  • Help improve learning outcomes



Interactive Demo


Text Description--scroll down on home page

Front Row Math 



(Also see Front Row ELA)


Front Row is a math practice website (and Chrome app) for grades K-8 that is aimed at addressing Common Core skills. Front Row will work on devices that use the Google Chrome web browser as well as some iOS and Android tablets and phones (see here for more details). Upon signing up, teachers are directed to the dashboard, where they'll create rosters and add students. Once there, teachers will also notice the dashboard's myriad other capabilities: a report card feature, an analysis tool, grouping options for differentiated instruction, printable worksheets, a weekly student-practice feed, grade-level graphs of student progress, and a list of K–8 Common Core math standards. What's more, upon clicking standards in this list, a set of sample student questions and teacher resources appear. These resources might also include YouTube videos or lessons from other outside sources. Front Row is offered to teachers for free.

From Commonsense.org

Click here and select  Watch Video or read for more information


Video: How to Use Front Row Math



Fluency Tutor by Google



Available on Google Chrome

Fluency Tutor for Google lets students record themselves reading and share with the teacher - away from the pressures of reading aloud in the classroom environment. Fluency Tutor for Google integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom. Works alongside other online instructional programs

Video Explanation 







Moby Reading pairs literature and informational texts with similar topics to encourage deep reading and facilitate learning. Informational texts draw in students with interesting topics, and each grade has three reading levels with 10 lessons at each level.

Video Channel


Curriculum Overview 



From Smithsonian

Features topics about animals, fashion, entertainment, school, science, technology, national and world news written by kids and professional journalists.

Lexile-leveled for K-12

Also in Spanish

Video Playlist 




Review from Common Sense Education


Don't forget that many of our subscription databases contain materials identified by Lexiles!



Differentiation by Process:






BrainRush consists of short, modular learning games (or “BrainRushes”) to teach foundational knowledge about a variety of subjects. The product can be used for any K-12 student and is free for teachers (though premium features are available for a monthly license.)



Video Channel



Edsurge product Review 



K-6 Math  individualized Lessons ; free for teachers 

Video channel


Edshelf review  



PowerMyLearning Connect is a free platform for driving personalized instruction and self-directed learning. Find activities in all K-12 subjects, aligned to the Common Core. Teachers can explore free Common Core-aligned content, build classes, customize and assign playlists of activities and assessments. 

Video Channel



Edshelf Review  

PBS Learning Media


PBS LearningMedia is the go-to destination for instant access to tens of thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and more! You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia is free for educators. 

Video Channel



EdShelf Review  

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives




A library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).

Video Tutorial 

Read&Write for Google 

Read & Write for Google Chrome allows the user to hear words, passages, or whole documents read 

Video Overview 




***Don't forget your school's video streaming subscription: BrainPop for K-8 or Learn360 for 6-8.

See your librarian for login information.








Differentiation by Product

Why Choice?

ISTE 2016 Student Standards

South Brunswick Tech Reflection Tool


Products Choice Board

Make a sketch or drawing

~Google Drawings 

Create a timeline of events


~ReadWriteThink Timeline Maker


Make a screencast 




Create a word cloud




Write an analysis, response, research paper

~Google Docs 

Make a cartoon or animated presentation





Develop a game



Create a 3D visual


~123D app

~Model materials

Write a letter 

~Google Docs

Create a mind map or graphic organizer



Write and answer 10 questions 

~Google Docs


Make a trading card


Write or perform a song or rap 



Create a picture book 



Make an audio recording





Film yourself

~Green Screen DoInk


Cartoon yourself or another person or character



Write a poem 

~Google Docs

~Google Drawing


Make a presentation

~Haiku Deck

~Google Slides




Create a magazine cover or movie poster


Take photographs and create a gallery 




Make a collage  


Design and produce a commercial


Create an ad, banner or slogan 


Design a review game 





Role play an event 

~Green Screen DoInk


Design a brochure or flyer 



Compare and contrast

~Venn diagram


Create a recipe or step-by-step instructions 



Create an infographic




Create a map

~NatGeo Mapmaker 

Create a video or multimedia presentation 



~Lego Movie Maker




Find a song that represents your topic or character




Tell a story


Animate an image


~Chatterpix Kids

~Yak-It Kids

Write a story


Create a bulletin board






Create an annotated image


Create a portfolio of work

~Seesaw: a Learning Journal

Develop and teach a lesson

~Google Classroom



Curate or collect resources





Create a graph

~Google sheets



Create and survey others

~Google Forms




Create a journal entry or entries

~Google Docs


Write a blog post





Share information on social media, following all safety and AUP guidelines





Annotate a video



Student Choice--why not let them invent their own product?





Refresher: What is Differentiation?

Choose your process:

Read an article:



Watch a video:



Review a prezi



Play a Jeopardy Labs Game



Study an Infographic:

What Differentiation is and What It's Not:  http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/Differentiation_Is-IsNot_infographic.pdf 


More resources for future reference:


Try This!

The Differentiator: Create objectives



Big List of Google Apps



"Flipperentiated" Instruction



Dare to Differentiate Wikispace Choice Boards


Examples of choice boards in all subject areas, including World Language

See links at left for even more resources


Collections of Articles and Resources:






Carol Ann Tomlinson's website:



Larry Ferlazzo's Best Resources on Differentiating Instruction



Differentiation Wiki



Student Learning Profile Quizzes



Differentiating using Khan Academy videos:



Creative Ways to Maximize Learning Using Google Tools



Scoop-It: Google Docs for Learning



Digital Differentiation on Pinterest



Pinterest: Learning Menus



Math Virtual Manipulatives




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