At the beginning of the school year, I begged my principal to buy and intervention for my fourth and fifth grade special education students. In another school district, I had the opportunity to use the Pearson My Sidewalks series and really loved it. He agreed and I have been using it with many of my students this year. I love the growth and confidence that it builds in them. However, I have a group of students who really need a lower level of the intervention series. Problem? We are a small school with limited resources. I don't have something that targets their specific level. So, what's a girl to do? Well, she finds a way to make it work!
I use graphic organizers in all of my reading groups and have used them to differentiate in the past. SOOO, I set to work, creating graphic organizers to help my students be able to comprehend and apply desired strategies.
When we work on drawing conclusions, I often write a conclusion for my students. Then, I require my students to find details in the text that support my conclusion. I often do the same with main idea.
Since using these graphic organizers, my lower group of students seem excited to participate in the "same" tasks as my higher students. Meanwhile, my small groups don't even notice the differences between the graphic organizers.