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Content Area: Earth Systems

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£ SES1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to


investigate the composition and formation of Earth systems,
including the Earth’s place in the solar system.

£ SES2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to


understand how plate tectonics creates certain geologic
features, landforms, Earth materials, and geologic hazards.

£ SES3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to


explore the actions of water, wind, ice, and gravity as they relate
to landscape change.

£ SES4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to


understand how rock relationships and fossils are used to
reconstruct the Earth’s past.

£ SES5. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to


investigate the interaction of solar energy and Earth’s systems
to produce weather and climate.

£ SES6. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about


how life on Earth responds to and shapes Earth’s systems.
Mild Intellectual Disability

Low Tech ideas:

Velcro enhanced books – copy or cut out graphics from books; attach velcro to picture
and book for interactive lessons.

Word rings – create your own from index cards, can laminate; or purchase pre-made
packages (Top Notch Teacher/school supply) - words, words & definitions, words &
pictures, etc

Page Flags – removable; use to emphasize words/text, etc.

High Tech ideas:

Inspiration/Kidspiration (Inspiration) – graphic organizer software Slide Shows – Kid Pix,


ClarisWorks/AppleWorks, Power Point

Ghotit: For students with dyslexia and other challenges with reading and writing, Ghotit
is a great tool that includes a phonetic spell checker. It also offers word prediction, a
grammar and punctuation checker, proofreading and more.

Word prediction that works with any word processor - e.g., Co:Writer - anticipates what
the student wants to say and provides a list of words to choose from

Supportive APPS:

News-2-You

Explain EDU

UDL Strategy (Wheel): Use prompt, reminders, guides, rubrics, and checklists that focus
on self-regulatory goals
Attention Difficulties

Low Tech ideas:

Time Timer (Generaction) – visual depiction of elapsed time; 3”, 8” and 12” sizes;
students see a visual depiction of time remaining for a task in red as the clock counts
down

Words in a bottle – put laminated words in a plastic bottle for easy access

Inquiry Box (make it yourself) - Access Tech has developed a fun, inexpensive,
interactive, multi-purpose teaching/learning tool for the classroom using a cardboard
mailing carton. The box has plastic page protectors/pockets on all 6 sides, allowing you
to address a wide variety of content areas by inserting pictures, words, numbers, etc.,
inside the pockets to be used in a variety of creative ways. The Inquiry Box handout
provides directions for making the box and strategies for its use.

High Tech ideas:

Online Virtual Manipulatives: http://boston.k12.ma.us/teach/technology/select/ The


Select Math site provides links (paired with middle school standards) to online
manipulatives. There are many more manipulatives for all levels at the linked sites, e.g.,
Project Interactivate, NCTM, PBS Teacherline, & Explore Learning.

BoardMaker – Picture Communication Symbols software; create stories with


text/symbols; picture dictionaries, supplement text with symbols, substitute text with
symbols, create communication boards, etc.

Slide Shows – Kid Pix, ClarisWorks/AppleWorks, Power Point

Supportive APPS: My Memos - The Voice Recorder


Apple Books 4+
Books & audiobooks

UDL Strategy (Wheel): Use cooperative learning groups, scaffolding roles and
responsibilities

Physical Disabilities
Low Tech ideas:

Finger grip ruler (Westcott, office supply, $1) – for students with fine motor difficulties;
allows ruler to be grasped by raised center grip bar; also use for focusing on words/lines
while reading

Magnetic sheets/business cards – can be cut as needed to create numbers, letters,


words, sentence strips; put on cookie sheet, metal ruler/yardstick (use also as
visual/reading supports)

Raised line paper (Therapro, Onion Mountain Tech) – primary or elementary –


Red/Green paper indicates Start/Stop points

Pencil grips – various types

High Tech ideas:

FaceMouse: This tool turns a standard webcam into a working mouse operator.
Students can use their head and facial gestures to complete tasks such as pointing the
cursor, clicking on Web sites or typing on the keyboard.

Text-to-Speech: Shareware, e.g., Tex-Edit (Mac) & freeware, e.g., Read Please (PC); some
Some commercial word processors have text-to-speech features, e.g., IntelliTalk III
(IntelliTools) and Write Out:LOUD (Don Johnston) - read text aloud & highlight words as
spoken

Sip & Puff System: Students with mobility issues such as paralysis or other motor skill
difficulties can navigate a mouthstick, like a joystick, to click on Web pages, type and
more.

Supportive APPS: Apple Books


PicCollage Grid & Photo Editor 12+
Make A Story With Video & Text

UDL Strategy (Wheel): Provide alternatives for physically interacting with materials (e.g.
by hand, voice, switch, joystick, keyboard, or adapted keyboard)
English as a Second Language

Low Tech ideas:

Talking Photo Album (Onion Mountain Tech; sometimes available at discount stores,
e.g., Joanne’s Fabrics )– Places pictures/story pages in the plastic sleeves and record up
to 24 pages of speech ($29 for photo album, $45 for album with idea book; can also be
found sometimes at large discount stores))

Speaking Homework Wiz (Franklin Electronic Publishers) – promote reading support for
student independence; HomeWork Wiz ($24.95) & Talking Homework Wiz ($49.95) for
primary & early elementary; Merriman Webster Dictionary & Thesaurus ($59.95) or the
Speaking version ($79.95) for upper elementary to high

Reading Helper (Onion Mountain Tech; Crystal Springs Books) - white plastic strip with
highlighting down the middle; multiple colors and sizes the middle to help students track
text as they read

High Tech ideas:

Read, Think and Type: Kids can write whatever they say. With a strong phonics
approach, students learn how to build words and sentences and write their own
phrases.

Beginning Phonics Reading (Lexia) – based on Orton Gillingham

Text-to-Speech: Shareware, e.g., Tex-Edit (Mac) & freeware, e.g., Read Please (PC); some
Some commercial word processors have text-to-speech features, e.g., IntelliTalk III
(IntelliTools) and Write Out:LOUD (Don Johnston) - read text aloud & highlight words as
spoken

Text readers - e.g., Kurzweil 3000 (Kurzweil Educational Systems), Read & Write Gold
(TextHelp) - read all text files, e.g., from the web, scanned, etc.
English Idioms Illustrated

Voice Dream Reader 4+


Text to Speech

UDL Strategy (Wheel): Pre-teach vocabulary and symbols, especially in ways that
promote connection to the learners’ experience and prior knowledge

Sensory Impairment

Auditory Visual
Low Tech ideas: Low Tech ideas:

Easy reading text guides: Use plastic Talking Photo Album (Onion Mountain Tech;
signature guide or Finger Grip Ruler or sometimes available at discount stores, e.g.,
regular ruler Joanne’s Fabrics )– Places pictures/story
pages in the plastic sleeves and record up to
Bar Magnifier w/ yellow guiding line (ILA) 24 pages of speech.
- 6"
Enlarge text on photocopier - can place in
Other Magnifiers - sheets, bars, hemi- card holder on desk
sphere styles; many bars have a yellow
highlighter section down the middle to Reading Helper (Onion Mountain Tech;
emphasize words/phrases in text Crystal Springs Books) - white plastic strip
with highlighting down the middle; multiple
High Tech Ideas:
colors and sizes the middle to help students
Earobics (Cognitive Concepts) – auditory track text as they read,
discrimination software
High Tech ideas:
BoardMaker – Picture Communication Text-to-Speech: Shareware, e.g., Tex-Edit
Symbols software; create stories with (Mac) & freeware, e.g., Read Please (PC);
text/symbols; picture dictionaries, some Some commercial word processors
supplement text with symbols, substitute have text-to-speech features, e.g., IntelliTalk
text with symbols, create communication III (IntelliTools) and Write Out:LOUD (Don
boards, etc. Johnston) - read text aloud & highlight
words as spoken
Text readers - e.g., Kurzweil 3000
(Kurzweil Educational Systems), Read & < Speaking Homework Wiz (Franklin
Write Gold (TextHelp) - read all text files, Electronic Publishers) – promote reading
e.g., from the web, scanned, etc support for student independence;
HomeWork Wiz ($24.95) & Talking
Homework Wiz ($49.95) for primary & early
elementary; Merriman Webster Dictionary
Supportive APPS:
& Thesaurus ($59.95) or the Speaking
version ($79.95) for upper elementary to
high

Big Keys – one of several alternative large


letter, abc order keyboards for young
BigMagnify Free - Zooming Magnifier children or students with motor or cognitive
and Mirror with Flashlight challenges difficulties
Keynote 4+
Build stunning presentations
Supportive APPS:

ASL Translator 4+
Software Studios LLC
Voice Dream Reader 4+
Text to Speech
UDL Strategy (Wheel): Voice Dream LLC

Clarify unfamiliar syntax (in language or English Idioms Illustrated


in math formulas) or underlying structure
(in diagrams, graphs, illustrations, UDL Strategy (Wheel):
extended expositions or narratives)
Vary the display of information in a flexible
format including:

o The size of text, images, graphs, tables, or


other visual content

o The contrast between background and


text or image

o The color used for information or


emphasis

o The volume or rate of speech or sound

o The speed or timing of video, animation,


sound, simulations, etc.

o The font used for print materials