Monday, September 12, 2011

Math Menu

Happy Monday!

Today was our first tutoring session and boy did I come home T.I.R.E.D! We tutor after school until 4:45, which makes for a long day! Although it's a hard day, I love only tutoring one day a week! Anyways, here's another menu I'm using this year. It works really well for differentiation with those really high kiddos! This menu works during my math time. Once these kiddos are finished with their necessary math work they take out this menu and start working. These kids are usually working on this while the rest of my class is finishing their independent practice and I'm at my teacher table working with a small group. It's a great way to give those kids something constructive to do rather than reading a book at their desks or talking to their friend who is still working! I know you all understand the kids I'm talking about! :)

Choice Café

The menu is set up almost like a restaurant menu. I call it "Choice Cafe" because the kids have choices in what they do. They must complete the main dish and two sides. The desserts are optional. I encourage the kids to do as many items a possible. They have until the end of the unit to complete their menu.

I'd like to say again (as I said in this post) that not all the ideas on the menu are mine. Many come from Differentiating Instruction with Menus by Laurie Westphal. It really is a great book with TONS of ideas on differentiating your classroom.

Our next unit is coming up in less than a week and I'd love for my kids to get a chance to "show off" their creations and share them with each other.  I'm hoping to have a special share time for these kids, calling it their "Menu Meeting". The kids will critique each other's work with post-it notes at the end of the week. It's a way for them to celebrate their hard extra work. Hopefully the kids will see this time as a special reward for working so hard and a time to see what other kids did with their menus.

I hope you had a wonderful Monday!!


  1. Hi, I'm an 8th grade Social Studies teacher in Maryland. I just love your "choice cafe!" What a great idea! I stumbled upon your blog because I am going to be Ms. Frizzle for Halloween and was looking at costumes. (My husband will be the Magic School Bus!) Anyways - I love your blog!

  2. I like the choice cafe! I am also glad to hear your students are enjoying menus!