One Page Math Accommodation Sheet – Middle School

Once upon a time there was an annual test called TAKS-A, an accommodate version of Texas’ standardized testing that most students in most grades were accountable for. The year I entered education was the second to last year of TAKS. Now it’s STAAR and there’s more information on that test here.

Now there are still graphic organizers and paper organizers that are allowed on the test. Remember, if you can prove that you use it regularly in the classroom, then you can submit to have it approved for test day.

So, fast forward a handful of years when I taught 7th grade math (no it wasn’t exactly the 9th circle, but some days it sure felt like it!)

I created a simple graphic organizer for my 504/SPED kids (with allowable accommodations) who were struggling with the basics. I honestly wanted to ween them off of seeing it on the organizer and get them to copy their own on their own STAAR test so that they could remember basic algorithms and processes.  For my visual learners, it worked well. I also taught hand signals that went with most of these pictures below, which helped a handful as well.

This sheet is something easy, low tech and super simple I made one afternoon. The kids used it in their interactive notebooks (more on that later) and on quizzes. It had fraction strips, a blank number line, a proportion, the algorithm jingle we made up for dividing fractions, a thinking web for word problems and a least to greatest reminder for the words “ascending” and “descending” which some of my ELL students struggled with. Here’s a JPEG below. I do not have it available for download but some other goodies can be found on my TPT site.

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Table Numbers – Easiest Wedding DIY Project Fo’ Sho’

Long before I had an overall idea of what I wanted for all my wedding decor, I began to start thinking about table numbers. Now, I know the trend is to make “personalized” table numbers, like cities you’ve traveled to or song names you both like…but to save your guests some extra sappiness, stick to some basic table numbers. After all, your guests want to find their seat and not partake on a scavenger hunt.

Anyway, I am not a fan of the little table card holders with the clip. They can come off a little too casual. So I decided that picture frames would be what I used to hold up my table numbers. I found inexpensive frames at Hobby Lobby that were on sale for 2.99/each and painted them gold with gold acrylic paint (because gold was an accent color).

I took 5×7 navy cardstock and embossed it with my Cuttlebug. Then using the generic Cricut numbers/letters program, I cut out all 13 of my numbers in ivory and cardboard cardstock. I finished them off with a simple piece of lace I had lying around in my crafting drawer.

Viola!

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And here is a glimpse into the reception ballroom with all the decor with a tiny table number 7:

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Seating chart tutorial to follow!

Reading Log Template

Once upon a time, I was a classroom teacher for a 6th grade math class. My team teacher, the 6th grade reading teacher, had assigned nightly homework (as did I) and one thing I would constantly see were students with incomplete reading logs.

I thought to myself- how hard could this be? This student has to read for only 30 min and log their pages?! I assigned 5 problems a night! (25 math problems to an 11-year-old is torture).

So, on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I developed a fun reading incentive log that would help both teachers and students complete their reading assignments. Points for Pages is a basic token system that can be easily tracked by both the teacher and the student. 1 pt = 5 complete pages read. A key for prizes is below:

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These can be completed in the classroom or as homework.

Download here for the blue template and here for the red template.

DIY Review – Glitter Letters

It’s been a long time since I posted and I do apologize. But between finals, the holidays & finishing up wedding planning, life has been crazy!

The good news is that I have many many upcoming DIY review projects for weddings and special events.

I wanted to add a little bling to my sweetheart/head table at my reception. So, I decided that making glitter letters would be the best idea! There are many DIY reviews for glitter letters, and honestly, they are not that hard to make. Make sure that you are prepared for a mess because glitter is very very messy.

I of course used ModgePodge with a foam brush and gold glitter. I painted these cardboard letters white first which may have not been too smart because the glitter seems to shed a little more, but at least the cardboard is not showing.

Viola!

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You could make initials, or just plain old Mr. & Mrs. like I did to lend to a friend or use for your first anniversary!

Free Writing Graphic Organizer – TpT Store

A long time ago, I made this graphic organizer to help students of all ages formulate a higher-level thinking essay response.

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It is in the shape of a stop sign and the acronym goes:

Statement

Organize Thoughts

Opinions

Purpose for Writing

From a thesis statement, the student is to organize their thoughts about writing. If required, add personal opinions or opinions of others (citations), and identify their purpose for writing (persuasive, informative, etc.)

And yes, it’s a free download.

Wedding DIY – Votives – DIY REVIEW!

For any of you who don’t know, I am getting married in 2 ish months. About 10 months ago, I started all my DIY projects for my wedding and quickly realized how overwhelming it is to DIY decor, bouquets, invites, Save the Date’s, etc. So, like any normal red-blooded American woman, I searched for many ideas on Pinterest to narrow my likes and to see what I could feasibly do while going to post-grad school and working.

I will be writing about each of my DIY projects on this blog and offering tips of what not to do versus what worked for me and my budget.

The theme of my wedding is traditional elegance, or as my fiance likes to say, “it’s a wedding themed wedding”. I knew I always wanted either a fall or winter wedding, so because we chose winter, I knew I wanted a navy/midnight blue color to be my dominant one. It’s classic and most everyone looks good in it. My accent colors are ivory and gold. Simple, elegant and wintery. One aspect of my wedding that I love is my use of candles throughout both the ceremony and the reception. So what better to decorate than candle votives!

First review goes to glitter rimmed votive candles. I found these beauties on this blog Crafts Unleashed. I knew that I wanted some glittery votives and some that were a little more…masculine. So I ordered 72 votives on Amazon.com (I have Prime). And then I made these with a good friend of mine:

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Materials: 

  • Votives (glass)
  • Ribbon of your color choice (3/8″ satin navy blue shown)
  • Modge Podge
  • Decal or Sticker of your choice (I bought these in the wedding aisle at Michael’s)
  • Paintbrush for Modge Podge

After about 24 of these votives (very time consuming, but my own design), I decided I wanted something a little girly, but something that would be easy to complete. Enter glittery rimmed votives! What I ended up doing was mixing a gold glitter with a white glitter. It took less than an hour to glitter rim all these votives and right before I transport them to my florist to set up around my centerpieces, I plan on taking them outside and dusting them off a bit.

The only issue would be uniformity of glue on each votive and lots of excess glitter that seemingly sticks to anything due to static electricity. So, be mindful of that.

Here are my completed votives:

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You can find a complete material list on Crafts Unleashed. You better believe I used Modge Podge for these guys!

I give these beauties 4 out of 5 stars overall, mostly because the excess glitter is difficult to remove. I’ll have to post a fully completed pic with the votives on my tables.

My Love Letter to you, Modge Podge Part I

Dear Modge Podge,

Let me first just say that through all the times I needed you, you were there for me. Paper to paper, fabric to paper, sealant – you have always supported me through all my ill-planned to well-thought-of/intentioned crafting projects. And for some reason, you seem to have an endless supply of white goo that dries ever so clear.

So, let’s run through all the crafts that I’ve used you for in the last year.

The first one is my Firefighter Patch Shadowbox. My fiance is a San Antonio firefighter and we love to travel. As a tradition, we trade patches with the other stations that we visit. From New Orleans to Peru to Costa Rica and even Paris, we’ve collected quite a few patches in our travels. When it came time to display them, I wanted to create a respectful, classic display that would go with any decor.

Enter the shadowbox idea. At first, I thought of using small pins to adhere to patches to the fabric backing. That was unsuccessful. Then I thought of ironing them on…that also was messy and didn’t work as well as I thought (ESPECIALLY WITH THE VELCRO PATCHES LOL!)

So, I Googled and there I first met you modge podge, with all your lofty promises to adhere anything to almost anything without leaving a trace. So, I got a paintbrush, and my modge and went to painting.

I was very pleased almost immediately that there was no puckering or bubbling to speak of and, any extra modge dried clear.

Here is our work in progress:

 

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It’s in progress because we are still traveling of course!

Materials: 

  • Paintbrush
  • Modge podge
  • Something to glue to something else!

Stay tuned for the next letter when I write good ol’ MP about how well it sealed my rock garden paintings.