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I found out today that I will be teaching a 3rd grade split class. Five students will be high ability in ELA only, 12 will be high ability in Math only, and the rest (not sure how many) will be gen ed. I'm looking for any and all suggestions...about anything!! My biggest concern right now is the logistics of it....how two juggle to levels at once. TIA



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Is this a regular Ed class?
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For the most part, yes. Five will be HA in ELA only, 12 will be HA in Math only, and the rest will be gen ed in everything.
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I'm a little confused. Where I teach, "split class" means more than one grade in one classroom; i.e. third and fourth graders together. We are not allowed to segregate our classes by ability levels, so all third grade classrooms have a mixture of low, average, and high ability students. Teachers are expected to differentiate all assignments to meet the needs of all of their learners.
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We have one high ability class for each grade 1-4 in our school. This year, with the incoming 3rd graders, in addition to the 24 students in the high ability class, there were 12 that tested high ability in Math only and 5 that tested high ability in ELA only. I will get those students as well as 6 reg ed students. What this means is that when I teach Math, I need to teach the HA Math curriculum to my 12 HA students and the reg ed Math curriculum to my other 10 students. (yes, there is a separate curriculum for HA) Same goes for ELA.


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That makes more sense. Even though they have different curricula, wouldn't they have to meet the same third grade standards?

I suggest you look into doing CAFE/Daily 5 in ELA--it lends itself to differentiation, when you do it right. While you have students doing the daily 5, you could work with small groups, one group being the HA ELA.

In math, I would divide the 12 HA students into two groups and again, while you have the rest of the class working in small groups doing independent activities or station work, you could be working with a small group. Look into Debbie Diller's Math Workstations.

You probably will not be able to meet with every group everyday in every subject, but your HA group may not need to see you everyday, if they are getting the concepts.
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I currently do D5 and was planning to make the most of it next year! I will look into Debbie Diller...thanks!!!
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I use Guided Math. The author of the book is Laney Sammons. Also, Marilyn Burns has several good books for Math activities and stations. Let your higher level students peer-tutor your lower ones. That helped me out during small group instruction.
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