Struggling Readers - The life cycle of a chicken - Differentiation in the Classroom

When introducing a science topic, you will have to consider differentiation but also ensure that that every child is accessing the topic in a meaningful way. Your cohort of children will vary from your partner or teams classes. In addition to the general groupings of: higher, middle and lower abilities, you may have children who are very able academically but their English language skills are a barrier to expressing their understanding. In addition, you may have children with some learning barriers that go beyond the general level of your lowest ability group. 

This resource 'The Life Cycle Of A Chicken' is a good example of how to address children who struggle with English and would benefit from the vocabulary. Once key vocabulary is in place - they can move on very quickly. It also is designed to help children to practise key words.  This is a resource to meet the needs of children who are struggling with reading for whatever reason. 


An quick example of differentiation for a lesson about the life cycle of a chicken could be:

Higher - use props to prepare a short video or play in the style of a news channel report to present to the class about the life cycle of a chicken. 

Middle - complete a writing frame drawing or sticking pictures of the life cycle of a chicken, describing each stage. 

Lower - stick the corresponding pictures to the correct text that describe the life cycle of a chicken


Here are some sample worksheets:


** Using the featured resource below:

EAL - Read through 'the life cycle of a chicken', using the vocabulary presented, describe to an adult the life cycle of a chicken. 

SEN - Read through 'the life cycle of a chicken' with the support of an adult. Think of and write a sentence about one stage of the life cycle / describe what is happening in the video featured in the ebook. 


This resource includes short videos which are a good talking point to help students to use vocabulary in context. For older elementary / primary school students, the books do not appear to be particularly geared towards very young children so you can avoid their reluctance to read as it is available on their device, they can read through the ebook quickly and repeatedly. 

At the end of each ebook there is a list of key vocabulary that you can or a responsible adults can asses for pronunciation, meaning and using in context. 

Text is simple as the emergent reader is in mind. 

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