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    *one thing i do occasionally is give them the same reading passage others have (assignments, homework) but instead of giving them the questions/mult choice answers, they have to create their own questions/answer choices. they are encouraged to not create Level 1 questions (regurgitation) but the more in-depth questions (cause/effect; sequence; compare/contrast...)

    *you can easily curriculum compact in math---give them a pretest of your upcoming unit--if they score 80% or better, have them work through all the lessons of skills they didn't pass. (i put these in a packet--making sure that clear explanations and examples are given--if i don't have good worksheets, book pages as references, i write them myself.) i also add in different activities, games to play with each other, and "Enrichment" worksheets--as another poster mentioned. (this gives them a challenge and also drags out their work so they don't finish in 2 days!) then give them a test over the skills they hadn't mastered.

    *i've also asked them to make games to help the other students learn future concepts. they've also had the option to research a mathematician and his/her findings/accomplishments.

    *in language, take a look at what you are teaching (let's say capitalization)--give the students the list of all capitalization rules
    (ie: proper nouns, family names used as proper nouns, organizations, proper adjectives, brands but not their common noun--Vlasic pickles, months but not seasons......etc) and then assign them a writing project where they need to write diary entry, business letter, short story, whatever and include an example of every capital rule--and highlight for you to find quickly.

    *say you're studying figurative language/literary elements--instead of listening to your lessons and doing the worksheets, give the students (GT's) a list of literary elements that you are working on (alliteration/assonance, onomatopoeia, personification, simile, metaphor...) students need to find examples of poems that contain the literary elements and then create their own poetry book--they figure out how to put the book together--containing their own poems using those devices.

    any time you are asking them to problem solve to figure out what to do, you are challenging them--replacing the rote work of fill in the blank.

    i'll attach a project that i've posted before---i have used it for my more advanced math kids and offered it to the "average" math students as an option, as well. they create blueprints and show me all their geometry measurement skills. it's probably formatted goofy since i went from Word to some generic works program on new computer. you'll get the idea.

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