First Advisor

Upton, Gary


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

138 pages


Differentiated instruction (DI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are philosophies that serve as teaching methodologies that address the needs of diverse learners in the regular classroom. Furthermore, DI can be used to engage students in instruction through different modalities, appeal to different interests, and use varied rates of instruction along with varied degrees of complexity. Also, UDL is an extension of DI, wherein the teacher provides alternatives that are built into the curriculum and suitable for most students. Additionally, the UDL model can be supported by the six principles of effective curriculum (Kame'emui & Simmons, 1999) to design curricular materials to attend to the needs of diverse learners in the regular classroom. This project, a curriculum guide for science instruction in the second grade, addresses the needs of diverse learners in the regular classroom through DI and UDL methodologies and the six principles of effective curriculum design. Also, these units are planned in accordance with the Poudre School District (PSD) Science Standards for Grade 2. In addition, this guide may serve as a template for future lesson planning in other subject areas.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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