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Differentiated Unit Plans

Around the province, I have been fortunate to work with a variety of teachers, educational assistants, teacher candidates, and school teams! Over time, we have started to collect examples of differentiated unit plans with varying subject and grade levels. The best part, however is the EVERY SINGLE example includes a learners with a developmental disability. So, together with a collection of brilliant educators, there will be a new link on this blog called “Differentiated Unit Plan examples” to look at, which provide real life classes and scenarios of how schools have made the curriculum both accessible AND challenging to meet the needs of their diverse students.

These examples are built from the “Curriculum for ALL” facilitated collaborative professional development series, and is based on frameworks wring together which include: Class Profiles/Reviews, Response to Intervention, the Planning Pyramid, Universal Design for Learning along with many others.

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This is a BIG shout out to the generous teams who have agreed to share their examples. Please note, that student names have been replaced with pseudonyms to protect privacy.

English Language Arts

Language Arts 1/2: What do good writers do?

Social Studies

Social Studies 3: A Pioneer Community

Social Studies 5: Humans and their Environment

Social Studies 5/6: Canada’s Evolving Economy

Social Studies 6: Canadian Society & Culture

Math

Math 5: Measurement

Science

Science 1/2: Spiders

Science 9: Chemistry

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Manitoba

Strategic Instruction: Social Studies 10

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 10.34.55 PMWe learn about many different people in our schooling lives. An easy way to make this accessible for students with disabilities is to explore where these important people are from. This Social Studies class was learning about Louis Riel, for Dustin, his goal was to learn about where Louis Reil was from…Manitoba!!!

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There are fascinating facts about Manitoba that could also help other students connect with, that are engaging and a great hook, like hockey, Winnie the Pooh and polar bears!

This could be done for many people: Shakespeare, Stuart McClean, Lois Lowry or even Obama! Everyone is from somewhere, and this book can be used for any province or city. A great template to use for students who are modified in content classes. 

Goal Areas: Social Studies- Canada, literacy-main idea and details

Textmanitoba

Markets

Strategic Instruction: Social Studies 10

ImageThis social studies 10 class was learning about supply and demand, for Sharon, however, her goal was to understand and differentiate the concepts of buy, sell, craft and goods. This also happened to be the  the first lesson for everyone in the class. A great strategy for teachers who want to create accessibility and build background knowledge at the same time. Spending time on this foundational, otherwise assumed, background information, proves helpful to many students, not just those with additional learning needs. Although Sharon stayed with this goal for the unit, the rest of the class built on from there. A much easier strategy than teaching and then trying to simplify and retrofit curriculum after its been taught, or trying to modify a lesson on the fly. This book was used to support Sharon learn the new information.

The book has been differentiated for multiple learners, words in red are at an emergent text level and words in black are transitional text level.

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Goal area(s): sorting and classifying, increasing vocabulary

Literacy level: emergent, transitional

Text: Markets

The Periodic Table

Strategic Instruction: Science 9

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While James’s grade 9 science class was learning about the periodic table of elements, he was too! At first one might think, “why does James, a student with Down Syndrome, need to learn about the periodic table of elements?!” and my response, “because every student does!”

I didn’t know this, but the Periodic table of elements is not just about memorizing symbols, numbers and formulas, there is actually a big idea to this coloured chart!

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.54.58 PMThis book is about the big idea of organization, and how it is applied to the scientific elements. The book is written at two levels, at the conventional level for reading out loud to James, and at the transitional level for James to read independently. To differentiate the difference, James knew that his words were red.

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If only I knew this information back in high school, what a good reminder about how teaching to big ideas can help us connect details that can sometimes get lost or forgotten.

Let me tell you…. all, the students in the class were fighting over this book!

Goal areas: science- sorting and classifying, organizing

Literacy level: transitional, conventional

Text:The Periodic Table of Elements

Canadian Heroes

Strategic Instruction: Social Studies 9

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In this Social Studies 9 class, the essential question for all the students was, “What is a Hero?” The students worked through multiple examples of people in the world culminating to their summative assessment of determining if Napoleon was a hero. There were 2 students who were modified in this class. Leslie and Jamie were both readers at an early conventional level and so parallel texts to the class were written about the Canadian heroes: David Suzuki, Rick Hansen and Jordin TooToo. Using these texts, an extension activity of character trait sorting helped the students transform and personalize their learning while connecting what they had learned to the real world.

This unit is a beautiful example of how the high school curriculum can be accessible to students with developmental disabilities, but in addition, all the students in this class had access to and benefited from the resources, even though they were specifically developed for Jamie and Leslie.

Goal Area: Literacy-inferences, Strategic- critical thinking, having and supporting opinions

Literacy Level: Early Conventional

Example(s):

David Suzuki

Jorrdin Tootoo

Rick Hansen

Extension Activitycharacter sort

 

The Martian Chronicles

Strategic Instruction: English 10

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Amy, in her grade 10 English class, got to read her own version of the Martian Chronicles. Amy’s goal during this unit was to identify settings and characters. A special English Individual Education Plan (IEP) was written to assess her when report card came!

Goals: Literacy and Strategic: setting, characters

Assessment: Individual Education Plan

Literacy Level: Transitional

Example: the martian chronicles

The Book of Ships

Strategic Instruction: Social Studies 9

The book of shipsIn this Social Studies 9 class, Derek, a student with Down Syndrome, learned all about Ships during the “Early Exploration” unit. With a goal of identifying main idea and details, Derek’s task was to discriminate the details of the different types ships that the vikings and other early explorers used to travel.

Goal Area(s): Literacy: main idea/details, Social studies: early exploration

Literacy Level: Transitional

Example: The Book of Ships