Differentiation is incorporating different learning styles and multiple intelligences. I created a tic-tac-toe board including a variety of activities to follow up on our chicka chicka story and letter study.
Listening –listen to story at listening center
Hearing –Chicka Chicka chant, flannel board retell
Kinesthetic –alphabet matching game, letter & mitten dauber match, flannel board retell, clothespin match
Kinesthetic & Movement –create a b “bear” and find hidden b words around the room
Writing –abc dot-to-dot or write alphabet
I think I have room for improvement as I try to incorporate more into the multiple intelligences. Our art center also included a variety of different mediums for children to explore the Chicka story and letters.
The experience made me realize that tic-tac-toe boards require lots of preparation and time explaining to kids how to do the activities. I knew it would take more than one day to complete the activities so I adjusted and let them work on this for two center rotations. The students typically wanted to do what their peers were doing but maybe it motivated them to try something they wouldn’t have before; thus, helping them build their repertoire of learning styles/intelligences. What I loved about this was watching kids work together. If I only had enough supplies for three kids, they automatically decided to work together. If it seemed like a big project like the coconut matching, the found a friend to help them. I love that they just know it is okay to work with a peer and help each other out. I also feel they were more excited to do the activities because they had the choice in deciding. And of course, I had a few over-achievers do ALL nine activities!