DVT Software

6-8 Differentiated Visual Tools for SCIENCE Reading and Writing Core Standards

Downloadable Software

  • 50 Science DVTs, each is designed to address a specific CCSS-LA Science standards s well as a science content standards.
    • The digital files of DVTs are in the form of both Power Point (.pptx) files and Adobe PDF files with embedded interactive textboxes (ideal for use with tablets).
  • Samples of how teachers have used each of the Science DVTs
  • Step-by-step guidelines for implementing an array of specific teacher-assisted and peer-assisted routines designed for use Before / During / After a lesson.



The 6-8 Differentiated Visual Tools for SCIENCE Reading and Writing Core Standards consists of a collection of interactive discipline-specific visual tools designed to address science content standards associated with learning essential understandings of generative ideas in science. Thus, the program includes DVTs designed to address key essential understandings associated with the following topics:

  • Phenomena
  • Procedure / Process
  • Discoveries
  • Life Forms
  • Structures & Systems
  • Theories
  • Experiments
  • Research

In addition, each DVT is designed to address a specific Common Core Language Arts Standard and Career and College Readiness Standards for reading and writing about science as well as evaluating information in grades 6-8. This software toolkit is also appropriate for use with struggling learners placed in higher grades but whose developmental functioning is more equivalent to 6-8 grade levels, thus they are ideal for differentiating instruction based on the developmental needs of high and typical achieving students as well as those who are struggling learners.

These visual tools are particularly useful when addressing literacy standards that are especially challenging to teach because the DVTs enable teachers to SEE how the complex standards can be addressed in relatively simple ways. The embedded prompts on the DVTs cue students to engage in specific thinking processes designed to facilitate their performance.

The program includes ready-to-use Power Point slides with built-in animation features as well as interactive PDF files for each of the visual tools, plus samples of how teachers have used them. The program also includes mini-Power Point professional development presentations designed to explain the purpose and features of each visual tool.

The Interactive Science DVTs are designed for use with Macs or PCs and also work well with mobile devices, such as tablets, iPads, or smart phones.

The digital DVTs may be emailed to students or parents and/or saved to students’ electronic portfolios. They are also ideal for Smart Boards, Promethium Boards, or LCD projectors. The interactive blackline masters are designed for printing hardcopies.

The licensed user (teacher) may make and distribute copies of the Science DVTs to students for whom s/he is responsible for teaching, but the DVTs may not be shared with non-licensed teachers or students not on the licensed teacher’s role. The software may be loaded on the licensed-teacher’s classroom computers (with the exception of computer labs) and on the teacher’s personal computer.

Available for immediate download at www.MakesSenseStrategies.com.

For multi-user license quote, email ([email protected]) or call Linda (205) 394-5514.

Purchase orders accepted. P.O. 147 Northport, AL 35476

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