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    Each and every child that walks through my classroom door is a unique individual with a different background and abilities inside and outside of the classroom. It is up to me as this classroom's teacher to foster understanding and recognition of the uniqueness of each one of my students so they will all be treated genuinely and justly. It is my wish to provide my students with curriculum that accurately differentiates for the distinctive experiences and gifts of my students, their families, and their peers.

    Below are some helpful websites that are intended to help students, parents or educators to understand the needs of students who may need particular consideration to best differentiate for their individual needs. Included are some sites that give students practice while taking into account their unique learning needs.

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    Graphic Organizers, Strategies for Learning, and Rubrics
    This is a link to the graphic organizers and strategies that students can use to solve problems, remember information, or organize their work. We will learn these strategies in class throughout the year.
    This is a site about growing up with medical problems ...any ole type. Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that. These kids have become experts at coping with problems that most of you have never heard of. They'd like you to know how they do it, and they hope that you'll be glad you came to visit.

    Between the Lions reads stories out loud to students. Parts of the story are highlighted as they are read. The games work on vocabulary, phonics, decoding and synonyms. The video clips also reinforce phonics and decoding skills which are so important for struggling readers.
    Join Parsifal and Ophelia as they sample the delicious cuisines, play the games, see the museums full of arts, crafts and history, hear the folktales and learn about the holidays & festivals of many of the world's cultures. Links from the Internet Public Library introduce the customs, beliefs, arts and institutions from different groups of people.

    This web site offers free printable ESL worksheets, games, videos, PowerPoint lesson videos, interactive kids' vocabulary, grammar quizzes. It also has grammar and vocabulary eBooks that contain crossword puzzles, word searches, flash cards, and games. This site is appropriate for learners at all levels. There are also self-grading quizzes on animals, fruits and vegetables, transportation, toys, school words, jobs, and more. What I liked best about this site is that you don't have to be a member or log in and it's absolutely free.

    This site has a large stock of ESL materials for kids including, worksheets, flash cards, games and song lyrics to children's songs. It has great resources for teachers. I really like the single flashcard wizard that lets you pick and chose which flash cards to print out. You don't have to print out a whole set. You can also choose what size you want.
    This web site has ESL & EFL children's resources for teachers and parents. There are over 1,500 flashcard images, hundreds of worksheets, crafts, games, class tips, teacher blogs, and lots more. There is an extensive list of links for teaching ESL students.
    The English as a Second Language website is a starting point for ESL learners who want to study English through the Web. It includes a variety of sites that give students and adults an opportunity to listen to the English language in unique ways.
    Gifted or talented students, their parents and educators often deal with many challenges. The articles on this site provide guidance, ideas and activities for parents and teachers of gifted students. Some of the articles are written for educators, but can also help parents who are looking to build a program for their children. There are also interesting articles about college planning and underachieving students.
    Hoagies' Gifted Education Page offers resources, articles, books and links. This link is specifically for kids who could us some extra enrichment to their regular school program.
    This site has free tools and resources to help school staff and parents to promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.
    Excellent children's books are available for every age group. Whether your child has a wild imagination or prefers to learn about the physical world, there are books to get him or her reading.

    This web site includes flash cards that are ideal for teaching vocabulary. Teachers can print out two copies of each card and paste them to the front and back of cardstock paper. You can use these cards to play various games, such as the Matching Game, Go Fish, and Charades. There are a large number of flash cards. The rules for how to use the flash cards for these games are also given on the web site.
    This is the official site from the Mexican government to learn about the land, people, and culture of Mexico. It includes links about the history, government, and news. It even has fun games that teach about Mexico.
    This site offers a great collection of games to develop vocabulary and spelling skills. It also offers memory games, story starters, and games that work on phonemic awareness. There is a section where the students can write and post a book review. What a great incentive to read and practice writing skills.
    There are many options for individuals with vision difficulties to modify the computer displays and appearance so it is more legible, or receive information through sound or touch. Those who are blind cannot use a computer monitor and but have the option to receive information from their computers through hearing or touch offered through screen readers and Braille displays.

    SparkTop.org is run by the Professor Garfield Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. SparkTop.org, where no two brains think alike, is a place where kids who learn differently can create amazing things, play great games, connect with other kids, and discover new ways to succeed in school and in life.

    Starfall offers a wide variety of interactive games and activities for young and struggling readers. The games and activities on this site go from letter recognition to independent reading of all types of stories. If a child comes to a word they don't know during independent reading, they can highlight and click on the word to have it read to them.
    This page provides some useful suggestions that can be used in the classroom. It provides a list of interventions from which a teacher can to choose strategies that are appropriate to a specific child in a particular environment.
    Assistive technology products are designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities. When selecting assistive technology products, it is crucial to find products that are compatible with the computer operating system and programs on the particular computer being used.

    This presentation discusses visual processing disorders, possible causes, issues related to learning, accommodations for students and resources. 
Last Modified on July 28, 2016