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Toni Caggiano

Using LearningGrids to create inclusive lesson plans

September 12th, 2017

Crick Software believes in the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) framework, and we always take this into account when designing our LearningGrids resources. One of the biggest challenges facing teachers today is being able to differentiate lessons quickly and efficiently to address the needs of all students in the classroom. And of course, one of the best features of Clicker 7 is the ease with which you can differentiate Clicker Sets for specific students based on their needs.

If, for example, a teacher was conducting a unit or lesson on plants, there are many resources on LearningGrids to support a variety of writing levels, allowing teachers to maximize the number of students they can reach. "About Plants" is a Sentence Set for early readers and writers that allows for supported, single sentence outcome grids to help students write all about plants.

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Connect Sets offer scaffolded support and more options so students can make choices about what they want to write while still being supported with words and phrases. The "Parts of a Plant" Connect Set uses words and pictures to get students writing about plants, while still giving them independence to decide what to write.

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Word Banks allow learners to construct their own sentences and paragraphs with topic specific words. Here’s an example entitled, "Plant Life Cycle A-Z".

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Aside from these Clicker Sets, there are a variety of others like "Talk about Parts of a Plant," "Planting a Seed – Listen and Match," and even Custom Sets like "Water a Plant" and "Parts of Plants We Eat".

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There are over 80 resources covering plants on LearningGrids and over 1,000 Sets in total, with many "activity groups" like this that cover the same topic but support different stages of literacy development. We add new resources to LearningGrids regularly; go check them out!

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