If your students can find the area of a square then, armed with Google Earth, they can also figure out how many students you could pack into your school’s playground.

# Differentiation TechniqueGet Ridiculous

## 🏛️ Read The OverviewExplore the Edge Cases

One technique for finding complexity in a topic is to look for the edge cases, the outliers, the really big or small versions.

## 🌻 Specific Examples of “Get Ridiculous”

## Adding Complexity to Parts of Speech

Here’s how you can add some spice to an otherwise dull study of parts of speech.

## Calculating the Volume of Laptops

So once your students can calculate volume… what do you have them do next? In this math project, kids will look up historic laptops, calculate their volumes, and note how technology has changed over time.

## How much to fill your car up with Clam Chowder?

Sure gasoline seems expensive. Until you try to fill your car up with printer ink.

## Making Awful Graphs

Sometimes we can learn a lot by doing something the wrong way. Here are six ways your students can purposefully design awful, misleading graphs.

## Finding the Fun in “It’s” vs “Its”

How do we differentiate a dull lesson like “its” vs “it’s”? I decided to push it to an extreme (and include some unexpected novelty).

## Math Data: Living In Vegas, Working In San Francisco

Is it cheaper to live in Vegas and commute to work in San Francisco? This article says so, and it’s a perfect base for a meaningful math project.

## Prime Number Explorations

Students learn about prime numbers early in their careers, but the true, quirky nature of these numbers isn’t really explored unless kids go on to become math majors. Here are three fun prime explorations suitable for even young students.

## Exploring Palindromes in ELA and Math

Palindromes are one of those fun ideas that some gifted kids just latch onto. We’ll check out palindromic words, phrases, and even numbers in this article.

## Interesting Spelling: Homographs & Homonyms

Many students blow past grade-level spelling and vocabulary at a young age. Unfortunately, a common technique to “challenge” them is to find harder and more obscure words for their spelling list. Instead, let’s take advantage of the built-in complexity of common words with multiple-meanings.