Curriculum Differentiation for the Gifted


CONNECTIONS-NC, Inc. has provided professional development to school systems across the southeast for 25 years.  This Wiki has examples of lesson ideas and lesson plans developed by teachers in those training sessions.

NCDPI Booster Shots: Quick professional development on specific aspects of gifted education:


Terrific websites for students based on their interests. Great for independent study.

Strategies for Classroom Teachers working with the Gifted: Focus on the links to strategies; brief reminders of your options for differentiating in the classroom   []

Curriculum Topics on Curriculum Differentiation include compacting, inclusion, grouping debates, middle school gifted, and reading strategies. []   

Articles for Educators Articles written by Bertie Kingore with very practical suggestions for meeting the needs of and identifying gifted learners. []  

Thinking map worksheets that provide easy formats:

Free Lesson Plans for Teachers: These lessons are NOT differentiated, but you can look at them and think about how to differentiate them for academically/intellectually gifted learners.  []

Dr. Kingore's Learning Experiences Practical strategies for differentiating, including biography study incorporating George Betts' Autonomous Learner model, developed by Dr. Bertie Kingore. Also includes terrific chart about advantages and disadvantages of flexible grouping in mixed-ability classroom. []

Tiered Assignment Examples K-12, all subjects. []


Sample Lesson Plans and Unit Sheets Sample Layered Curriculum in all curricular areas including foreign languages.[]

Sample Lessons Using Various Models Especially good samples for middle and high schools using Williams Model, Moral Dilemmas, Creative Thinking Strategies, and more. []


Website that provides math resources to teachers, parents and students, including terrific literature selections correlated with CCSS for math instruction.

Molecular Expressions Superb interdisciplinary unit around abstract theme of Perception gives lessons on perspectives around the Powers of 10, Robert Hook, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Borrowers for a secondary science class! []


Rubric Builder []

S.C.O.R.E. Language Arts A valuable bank of rubrics is offered on this site for collaboration, web page design, Hyperstudio projects, biographical projects and more. []


Great Site for Math Games, worksheets and on-line quizzes: 

Excellent Middle and High School Math Resources:

Math problems of the week and differentiated math worksheets for skill levels:

K-12 Math Resources (FABULOUS challenging activities that require higher order thinking): 

Math Counts: Problems and Videos for developing a love of challenging math.

Math Resources for ELL Learners:  Texas State University has developed lesson plans and resources for the teaching of middle and high school math concepts to ELL learners.    []

University of Cambridge Resources: Lower secondary is middle school. Each level has lots of rich resources, especially for setting up scientific investigations that concern math. Resources are interactive and engaging.[]

 Mathematicians are People Too! This site is invaluable! Students can take a survey to see which historical mathematician they are most similar to, design a survey or a graph of any type with their own data, and lots of other challenging activities.  []

Project M3 Math units combine the latest research in gifted education and mathematics education. []

Mathematical Competitions:  The Davidson Institute provides a comprehensive list of competitions including the Abacus competition ( For some of these, individual students may enter on their own. []


The National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics has a terrific site with a wealth of lesson plans for all ability levels, ages and topics in mathematics. Course participants are asked to carefully review the lesson plans to determine what elements might be appropriate for gifted learners, and what might need to be modified to meet their needs.   []

Free Math Assessment and Tutoring

Differentiating Math for Elementary Gifted- article full of ideas []


RAFTS - Interdisciplinary for Science:

Science Competitions- Davidson Institute lists lots of science competitions, some which individual students may enter.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute The Howard Hughes Medical Institute offers lessons in biology, and a "Cool Science for Curious Kids" site for kindergarten through grade four, with science lessons and experiments from museums around the globe. []

Molecular Expressions Tutorials and terrific resources are provided on this site for the study of science, optics and the power of ten. Photos of the Milky Way are terrific! Also gives great ideas for incorporating the abstract theme of perception in a multidisciplinary way, and for developing centers in secondary science classes. []

Bag the Beans This site, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), offers lesson plans at all grade levels in science and frequently integrated with other subject areas.  Course participants are asked to carefully review the lesson plans to determine what elements might be appropriate for gifted learners, and what might need to be modified to meet their needs. []

North Carolina Science Curriculum Web Site for Grades 3-5 While not specifically differentiated, this web site, created by a sophomore at UNC-CH, links web sites related to the Standard Course of Study in Science for Grades 3 - 5 in a very easy to use manner.  Teachers can determine what sites and activities might meet the needs of gifted learners. []


Article on Teaching Reading to AIG Learners: Excellent article on both why and how to teach reading to advanced readers.  Appalachian State.

 LPS.ORG Gifted Curriculum Thematic Literature-based webs for Kindergarten-Grade Six, with sample lessons. []


Science, Optics and You High School Science learning centers on optics. Good model for setting up high school centers on other topics as well. Allows for discovery. []


Talent Development Program Update Exciting descriptions of schools using consultation and the collaboration model to meet the needs of gifted students []



Through LearnNC, two articles were written by Dr. Linda Robinson on "Tiering to Avoid Tears" and "Who Cares: Using Real-Life Perspectives." Those articles are accompanied by related webinars and embedded video of teachers implementing these strategies after receiving training from Dr. Robinson.

Tiering to Avoid Tears:

Who Cares: Using Real-World Perspectives to Engage Academically Gifted Learners: