One of the benefits of having access to an entire library of content is being able to easily differentiate your instruction. For example, if you are working on place value concepts, you could create three collections of content. (Note: To view some of the examples, you must be a StarrMatica Member.)
In Level 1, you could include content that uses base-ten blocks for your students who need visual support. Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:
Base Ten Blocks Watch this animation first.
Base Ten Blocks III Build 10 different numbers using the blocks. Record those numbers and the blocks you used in your notebook.
Place Value Chart Build 10 numbers with the cards and write them in expanded form in your notebook.
In Level 2, you could include content that moves on to place value with numbers for your students who understand the concept, yet need some extra practice. Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:
Value of a Number Watch this animation first.
Mystery Numbers II Can you build really big numbers? Find out!
Build a Word Try this challenge last. Write the words you have spelled in your notebook.
In Level 3, you could include content for students who understand the concept of place value and need a challenge. Here are a few of our favorites with directions you could include in the collection:
Place Value Machine Use this manipulative to help you answer this question in your notebook: How does multiplying and dividing affect a digit’s place value?
Hacker’s Number Machine Can you create a number larger than the computer’s?
Place Value Game Create the largest number possible from the digits you are given. Choose wisely! Once you place a number, you cannot move it!
Once the collections are created, you can place them in the digital backpacks of three different groups to differentiate your instruction for every student in your classroom!