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Curriculum Differentiation


 The Rochester Community Schools curriculum is based on Michigan standards and benchmarks that require the use of higher order thinking skills.  Classroom teachers utilize these benchmarks to challenge their students to think, work, and produce at a meaningful level. The goal of a differentiated classroom is to maximize student growth and individual success. 

Curriculum Differentiation allows teachers to provide a variety of opportunities for learning within the classroom community.  Teachers assess students in order to provide the best possible instruction.  Students engage in many different thinking processes and open-ended activities to learn about a topic. Support and practice is given to students so that they may experience success in an enriched curriculum.


GRADE 3 – Curriculum Differentiation


·         Monthly Books Reports-using various genres-selected according to level

·         Use of Leveled Library-children read self-selected books based on their own reading levels.  Written responses are subsequently given in reading logs.

·         Open-ended creative writing assignments

·         Stoney Creek Diaries – follow-up writing and illustrating activity after studying early days of Stoney Creek and spending two days at the one-room schoolhouse

·         Challenge words offered in spelling

·         Junior Great Books – provide a shared inquiry, higher-level thinking format for reading comprehension by discussing and documenting personal opinions

·         Literature circles – small group discussions about novels which promote critical reading and thinking

·         Word Masters – vocabulary building program using analogies; includes various levels of difficulty (some years)



·         Variety of strategies (hands-on, paper and pencil, verbalization) and groupings ( whole group, partners, individual) utilized

·         Weekly homework

·         Math games modified and extended to meet varied ability levels

·         Exploration centers involving hands-on problem-solving strategies adapted to students’ needs

·         Timed tests of facts, tracking individual progress

·         Brain Teasers-Problem solving challenges to extend thinking skills

·         Pentathlon games



·         Long-range reports and projects –Family Tree, Core Democratic Value- students research and give presentations using formats and materials of their choice

·         Old fashioned craft–hands-on opportunities to try numerous crafts from earlier times

·         Assembling portfolios and setting goals

·         Open-ended activities - process is as important or more important than the product;  students’ level of involvement dependent on self-motivation

·         Stoney Creek experience – intensive preparation and two days spent at the district’s historical one-room schoolhouse

·         Technology projects give students opportunities to learn from various resources

·         Multiple field trips – gaining first-hand knowledge for thematic units

·         Question of the Day-use of technology to research events of past, present, and future.