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Under Common Core how do I differentiate lessons for Special Ed 4th and 5th Grade Students whom are operating on Pre-K through 5th grade levels on reading and math at the same time in the same class?

Sep 2, 2013 3:08pm

I am a new SpEd teacher and am unclear how to accomplish this task with 17 students in the class. Kindly advise.

  • English Language Arts / Math


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    • Sep 2, 2013 7:50pm

      Anne, The great thing about the CCSS is that the standards have a built-in scaffold for instruction. Because of the way that the ELA standards are setup, no matter what the grade level, each standard is working toward the same goal. For example, RL.2 is main idea - In Kindergarten, it begins with identifying the main topic and in 5th grade, students should determine two or main ideas of a text. The CCSS also call for a focus on literacy through science and social studies.

      At my school, I have set up two week units of study with my Special Ed teachers that incorporate Science and Social Studies into ELA. The topic is the common thread for all of the students, with read aloud texts being more challenging, and independent reading on the level of the individual students. The Special Ed teachers focus on teaching to the desired end result for each student, depending upon their grade level, but still go back to the same standard in lower grade levels, if needed, to scaffold instruction.