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Differentiated Learning
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8
By: Maxine Bonneau

12 cards with different activities for demonstrating understanding of any subject topic from a book to simple machines, to a U.S. region and its states. This appeals to different learning styles such as musical, social, creative, 3-D, computer literate, etc.


The student will select a method of showing and sharing understanding of a topic with classmates by rolling the paper cube dice and choosing one activity. The student then produces the activity and demonstrates and shares it with the class.


  • 12 computer printouts on which you have written the activity and placed the colored symbol for identification with the dice.
  • Purple or any color construction paper folded and glued into a square box.
  • Glue the 12 colored symbols onto the dice.
  • Display the 12 cards so that students know what choices they have.

    The 12 selections are:

    1. red circle-diagram (drawn and labeled.)
    2. blue square- 3D model (any size and substance)
    3. green triangle - short summary of topic
    4. yellow crescent- short report
    5. purple oval - poem (rhyme and meter a must, with two stanzas, unless it is another form such as Haiku)
    6. orange rectangle - a painting (in watercolors or poster paint, with a title and constuction paper frame)
    7. pink heart - a song (sung to a well-known tune)
    8. turquoise star - board game (for 2 to 4 players that is left in the room for students to play)
    9. black pentagon - computer project (any presentation composed on the computer)
    10. grey frame shape - present a leson to the class (the plans for the lesson must have a written description)
    11. magenta cloud - skit with 2 friends
    12. brown half-circle - create a word search, matching game or flash cards


    1. After putting up 12 cards on the board, explain that they will be able to select one way in which to present the topic, book, chapter, etc, to the class.

    2. Read aloud the choices and explain any that are unfamiliar to them.

    3. Have each student roll the 2 paper dice on a carpeted surface (so that they actually roll.)

    4. Record their selection on a class list of your own.

    5. Assign a due date for the performances.

    6. Explain what you are looking for in a successful assignment.

    7. Use the rubric to grade the students and send a copy of this home attached to their assignment.


    The students are empowered by being able to roll the dice and select an activity. They become animated about the subject, they share more, and help each other formulate ideas.

    Related Pages:

    Differentiated Learning Rubric ( 3-5, 6-8 )
    This printable rubric goes along with different activities for demonstrating understanding of any subject topic. This appeals to different learning styles such as musical, social, creative, 3-D, computer literate, etc. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view this pdf document.


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