Reflection: Student Grouping Seth Categorizes Interactions! - Section 3: Pairs Exploration


While I am a big believer in heterogeneous grouping so that students of varying ability levels can be successful; there is also a time and a place for homogenous grouping.  Sometimes it's a good experience for students to experience text that is at their "just right" level.  This allows students who are below level to feel like they are the 'experts' on a topic, and students who are above grade level to be sufficiently challenged.  

The difficulty for teachers is in finding text on the same or similar topics that is written at different grade or lexile levels.  The following resources may be helpful:

Free Resources: (free but you must register)

Resources for Purchase:

Shell Leveled Text for Science Series (These are great short articles for Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.  You can order the set or get them individually.  Each article is only 1-2 pages.  The same article is written at 4 different reading levels - from 1st through 7th Grade.)

Science A-Z - (For a fee of $79.95 per year you can download printable books that are correlated with the NGSS and are written at three levels for each grade span; low, medium, and high.  Each set includes a teachers guide, text dependent questions, and assessments.)

Benchmark Education/Differentiated Instruction Text Pairs for Science 

  Differentiated Text
  Student Grouping: Differentiated Text
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Seth Categorizes Interactions!

Unit 4: Plaid Pete is Modeling Earth's Systems
Lesson 3 of 15

Objective: SWBAT use a model to describe the way at least two of Earth's Systems interact.

Big Idea: When an event occurs in one of Earth's Systems, does it affect the other systems? Students read sets of leveled texts that help them create models that they will present to the class to answer this question.

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