Differentiating whiteboard cues and Worksheet Templates - TE REO

Differentiating whiteboard cues and Worksheet Templates - TE REO


Here’s how to differentiate your lessons with speed and ease. Modeled on Carol Anne Tomlinson’s “Straight Ahead, Uphill and Mountainous” idea, this product provides cues in Te Reo with smaller English underneath.


Adhere the labels to your whiteboard (I laminate, then use self-adhesive magnetic tape), then write appropriate activities under each. So…

  • "Kokiri / Straight Ahead" activities - for students working at below the expected curriculum level (Sorry, website won't let me add a macron underneath the 'o' there, but the resources have it!);
  • "Aupiki/Uphill" activities - aimed at the curriculum level; and
  • "Pae Maunga/Mountainous" activities - for students who need extending and are generally working above the expected curriculum level.


In this pack you will get:

In MS Word, Google Doc and PDF Format 

Worksheet templates - 4 colours to choose from, two formats (one pager split into 3 levels plus then whole pages for each level)

In PDF Format

The cues/labels - 6 colours to choose from.


NOTE: Worksheets are headed with room for:

· Student name

· Lesson’s Big Question

· WALT (We are learning to…)

· Two options regarding which activity to start from / complete – you just delete one or highlight the one you want

All YOU need to do is add your activities onto the appropriate sheet. Of course, you can edit this document to suit your needs.


In terms of setting levels for students. You could ask students to:

1. All begin at "Korkiri", then slowly work their way onto the “Aupiki” and perhaps then “Pae Maunga” roads if they feel able or if there’s time; OR

2. Choose for themselves which level they feel most comfortable with and, this lesson, work only on the task for that level.


In terms of structuring your lesson around these, you can:

  • Simply use them when you’re writing activities onto the whiteboard (I plan electronically, so have plenty of room to whip up a rough plan for 3 levels, but you’ll actually get quick at doing this off the cuff too!)
  • Put worksheets in 3 different (labeled) trays as a lesson starter. As students enter the room, they pick up the starter from the tray they feel most comfortable with. (Have your trays near the classroom entrance.)
  • Use the worksheet templates as a handout when you’re up to that part of your lesson.
  • Ask students to collect their homework from the tray (level) they think is most appropriate for them.


Honestly, using this method is awesome! Less able students enjoy it because they have been able to complete everything that was necessary that lesson (“Kokiri”), while the more able students feel extended and enriched (“Pae Maunga”). YOU feel great because you’ve just differentiated your lesson like a boss!


PS: Another little tip? I have ‘fluffy felt’ walls so I also put a self-adhesive Velcro dot (hook side) onto one end, then when I’m not using them I ‘hang’ them on the wall just below the whiteboard. Happy days!


This product also comes in a "Sports" theme and "Road" theme.

  • Sharing/Copying this Resource

    A lot of work went into this.  I’d prefer you kept this resource to yourself.  I’m happy for you to share larger products (like the Achievement Standard and Unit Standard tasks) with others in your department, but this is just a wee price.  Buy your own, and let others buy theirs.  Cheers!  😊