In this example students are supposed to “Roll and Show” 4-digit numbers using base ten blocks.
Struggling Learners: can adapt the number range, use cubes so they can physically put them in groups of tens, show every number rolled.
On-Level Learners: can play the game as intended.
Advanced Learners: can “Roll and Show” the number with base ten blocks, show the number in multiple ways, show the number using only addition, show the number using only tens and ones, and can answer, “How many ways can you show this number?”
If we, as teachers, start looking for opportunities to differentiate using the two approaches—problem solving and multiple representations (CPA)—then during the lesson cycle we will be differentiating for our students. We don’t have to stop, drop, and differentiate every piece of the lesson, because it becomes intuitive. We just need to have the questions ready to ask.
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