Differentiated Instructions:

Calculators may be used as needed.

Students may be grouped homogeneously by skill levels, and more advanced students may be

given an opportunity to work more independently of the teacher. The teacher may position the

groups of students who require more assistance fairly close together, so it will be easy to keep

an eye on them and provide assistance as needed.

Throughout this investigation, as the teacher circulates the room to assure that all teams are on

task, assistance should be provided only as needed. This can happen seamlessly as students

are given individual assistance to read word problems and as they consider and perform the

related math processes. Guiding or probing questions can prompt students to deeper thinking

during the investigation.

As students complete the Animal Speed Formative Assessment, they should work in small

teams of 3-5. They may be regrouped from the earlier investigation so team teaching/peer

tutoring can occur, but the teacher should be careful that this does not result in a student/s simply

doing the work for the other students on a team.

Differentiation may occur when measuring distance as some students use more precise

centimeter or millimeter measurements. They might also be encouraged to think about how

precise their answer should be when considering the tool that was used to measure.

Distinguished students may use Significant Digits and Figures in their answers on the Speed

Data Table. Teachers may also visit this site for a review of the rules for significant digits.