Hotchalk Lesson Plans

Awesome differentiated unit on the Egyptians. A lot of great ideas and fun ways to help students learn no matter their struggle, learning style or interest.



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Scholastic Teachers: Where Teachers Come First

8 point differentiation lesson planning help. Suggestions about how to start differentiating and best practices to make it successful in your own classroom.

Article/Ideas from Kechia Williams



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Varied Difficulty of Tasks and Assignments.

Great way to use different assignments for all students and not single any one student out. All tasks are by student choice, teacher may want to help guide some students in a different direction than their original choice to ensure they are able to compete their assignment.

2nd Grade Math

Symmetric and Congruent Figures

by Donna Thomas

West End, NC

Competency Goal:  The learner will identify and make symmetric and congruent figures.

“C” Level Activities:  Choose 5

1. Using the Sharpie Markers, color the butterfly transparency.  Make sure

that the wing colors match when you fold the butterfly on the line of symmetry.

2. Cut out shapes that are congruent.  Use the shapes to design another shape

that has a line of symmetry.  Make a creative poster with the new shape.

Be sure to mark the line of symmetry. (See example in the Math Center.)

3. Create a list of 10 items from the room that are symmetrical.  Indicate

where the lines of symmetry are.

4. Do pages 262 and 268.  Do only the problems whose numbers you say when

you count by 4.

5. Using materials from the Creation Station (ex. play dough, yarn, buttons, etc.),

create congruent objects that have clear lines of symmetry.

6. Using “Kid Pix” on the computer create 10 pictures that demonstrate

congruency and symmetry.

7. Write in your Math Journal an explanation of congruency and symmetry.

Give examples of each.

“B” Level Activities:  Choose 1

1. Using “Kid Pix” create a brochure explaining the concepts of 

symmetry and congruency.      

2. In your Math Journal, give examples of why we might need to keep

things congruent and/or symmetrical. In what professions would

this be really important?  Be specific. 

“A” Level Activities:  Choose 1

1. Use the attribute blocks to explain congruency and symmetry to 1 of your teachers.

2.With a group or a partner, create a song, rap, or a poem that

will help people remember what these two terms mean.  Be prepared to 

share with the class.


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Leon County Teachers’ Lessons

Many lesson templates that cover all grades. Various teachers have submitted and shared differentiated lesson templates. You can submit one for review as well if you want to. Great way to add and grow differentiated information between teachers across our country.



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Sample Templates and Differentiated Lesson Ideas

Holliston Public School Site

Website created and run by the school and various teachers

Many differentiation lesson templates. Several units in elementary grades including a really great Myth and Legend example. Games, templates and resources for differentiation planning.



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Differentiated Reading Unit

This unit has some great ideas for giving options and differentiating for specific student needs. Some of the ideas could be used in other units of this type as well.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  By Roald Dahl

Designed by:  Regina C. Manhit 

International School Manila   Grade 4 

As we read the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Reader’s Circle we shall also be writing a variety of pieces for the Writers’ Workshop closely related to this novel.  The quality and the quantity of work that you produce in the next 5 weeks will determine the grade that you will receive for this special project. To get the best out of this please remember the following:

~~You cannot go to level 4 without earning at least 70 points.  You cannot go to level 5 without scoring at least 85 points. Aim high! Don’t settle for a 1, 2 or 3.

~~ Follow every step of the writing process from prewriting to publishing. No skipping!

~~ Be organized.  Put together all your papers (plan/mindmap/web, first and succeeding drafts, published copy) in your portfolio.  If it is incomplete, you do not get a score.

~~ Plan ahead. Study each activity and tick off which ones you want to accomplish. 

~~ Use your time wisely.  Do not waste any second.

~~ Fill in score sheet regularly.  Keep it safe in your portfolio.

~~ Give it your best shot.

Have fun and enjoy this novel.

Just a 3

There are 10 activities listed below. Do any 7.  If you get a total of 70 points then you earn a sure 3!  You may not move on to level 4 unless you score 70 points in this first section.

1. Choose 10 new or interesting words from the story and make flash cards with their definitions. (5 points)

2. Write a friendly or business letter to Mr. Wonka.  In your letter try to convince him that you are worthy to enter his chocolate factory.  Write your letter on stationery. (5 points)

3. Write traditional or invented poetry on at least 5 characters from this book. Use a different kind of poem for each character. Put your poems together into a booklet. Make sure they are written neatly or typed.  Do not forget to illustrate. Use the Writers Express as your guide. (15 points)

4. Write a summary after every five chapters we read in class.  The summary should be written as a narrative paragraph of not more than 15 sentences. There are 30 chapters in this novel so you will write 6 summaries in all. (15 points)

5. Willy Wonka invented all kinds of candy and chocolate bars.  Create your own delicious treat by designing a candy wrapper of your candy invention.  Write a 8-10 sentence descriptive paragraph about it. (10 points)

6. Willy Wonka had several crazy and funky machines that create candy you never imagined you could ever taste. Design a candy machine of your own. Label its parts and write an expository paragraph on how it works. (10 points)

7. Write a newspaper story about any of the unfortunate incidents that happened to any of the children while inside the Wonka Factory. (10 points)

8. Write a script of your favorite scene. Memorize your lines. Act it out with a friend/s or present a puppet show. (10 points)

9. Research on the author Roald Dahl.  Create a Powerpoint presentation on his life and works. (15 points)

10. Design a book cover for the new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Make sure it has the title, author and illustrator’s names and a very attractive and colorful picture.

Aiming for a 4

1. Write a book review on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Write what the book is about, what you like about it and what is the book’ theme or the message about life that the author is trying to make. (15 points)

2. Compare and contrast.  After reading the book and watching the movie version, write a 15 sentence-paragraph (or longer) that tells about the similarities and differences between the two media.  Write which one you preferred and state your reasons. (15 points)

Getting a 5!

Write a fantasy story with human characters.

Prewriting Brainstorm and create a web/mindmap/list

Invent characters – real people only!

Choose a problem to solve

Find a setting

Write the first draft

Start by introducing your main character or begin with something happening (an explosion, a narrow escape, an argument, etc)

Keep it going by trying to make the main character’s life more difficult or exciting because of the “problem”.  Keep your readers excited.

End the story when the problem is solved.


Read and reread your story and make it imaginary but believable.

Conferencing- share your first draft with your teacher, your friend and a member of your family. Listen to their questions and recommendations because this will help you improve your story. 

Editing and proofreading

Take a close look at your story. Did you use the best words to describe the setting, characters, and action? Are the sentences clear, interesting and punctuated correctly?    Are there enough dialogue? Any spelling errors?  Did you follow the rules of grammar?


The final copy of your story must be typewritten and printed on clean short bond papers.

Name ____________________________________  Total Score ______________

Activity Date Accomplished Score


Peer Conferencing Sheet

What did you like most about your friend’s work?

In what ways can it still be improved?

How did you help improve your friend’s work?

What did you learn from your friend’s work?

Sign Here (Name and Date)


Parent Feedback

After reading your child’s written work, please write your comments below.

What are the highlights of your child’s  piece?

In what way can it still be improved?

What signs of improvement have you seen in your child’s writing?

Sign here 


Name and Date


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West Virginia Department of Education

Website created by Hardy County Professional Development Staff

This site has various templates for differentiation use. Both created products and blank ones with suggestions on how to use them. Great resource to use in your own classroom and easily adjusted to fit specific needs.


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