Capstone/Dissertation Title

A differentiated curriculum for mathematically gifted seven and eight-year-olds

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This study provided research surrounding differentiation to support a curriculum developed specifically for mathematically gifted seven- and eight-year-olds. The research included different elements of differentiation such as choice menus, curriculum compacting, learning centers, and flexible grouping. Pre-assessment was at the core of this research. Experts agree that in order to differentiate effectively, all units and lessons should begin with some form of pre-assessment in order to see what students already know. The curriculum presented in this work begins with a pre-test and then consists of five lessons focusing on elements of measurement. The lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of a diverse mathematically gifted classroom.

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