Tic Tac Toe Sheets
An easy and creative way to differentiate instructions for gifted students in the regular classroom is to create a "tic-tac-toe board" that focuses on a certain area of study. You can create one tic-tac-toe board for the entire class, but the better way to differentiate is to create two or three different boards for students who are working at different levels.
Basically, a differentiation tic-tac-toe board is a nine-square board with one activity, book, or requirement in each square. Students have to make a tic-tac-toe (three in a row) before they can turn in their activities and the board. For example, in science, let's say you are studying habitats. An activity on a gifted student's tic-tac-toe board may be -- create a diorama of any of the following habitats: desert, rainforest, or arctic tundra. Please research the types of animals and vegetation found in these areas to make your project as realistic as possible.
On a student's tic-tac-toe sheet who is working below grade level, you might have -- create a diorama of a forest habitat (or even the habitat you live in.) Students only have one choice, it is most likely familiar to them, and they don't have to do research.
Since this diorama activity is listed in the tic-tac-toe board, students may not choose this activity. But all activities should challenge students and create learning opportunities for them on their levels.