## Digital, Audiobooks at No Cost!

Do your students need audio books? Would it be helpful to have books in a variety of formats?  TEA and RFB&D joined forces to help you get the books you need at no cost. Check out the latest from the Texas dedicated website.

## Multiplication Chart Magic

Students have always used multiplication charts to help them figure out and remember those tricky multiplication facts.  But this static chart may be a bit more flexible than you think.  The video below demonstrates how to use a standard multiplication grid to reduce fractions.  This quick technique is easy to teach and your students will think it’s magic.

## Supplemental Aid Project

This newly created site is for anyone looking for instructional supplemental aids to help students struggling with accessing the general curriculum, including assessments.

On our site there are links to helpful tools for teachers to create their own supplemental aids for their students as well as links to TEA documents.

http://www5.esc13.net/agc/accommodations.html

Our goal is to provide teachers with a variety of high-quality supplemental aid examples/templates. The examples were created by teachers for teachers.

## 2010 – 2011 Accommodations Manual Update

Each year TEA publishes a guidance document for campus/district/regional level personnel to access and use when “…selecting, providing, and evaluating the use of accommodations in instruction and assessment.” (2010.Accommodations Manual)

The following are changes to Appendix D:  Supplemental Aids

Page 93 – 94: Mathematics-

(3) Addition charts may be used.

A list of words for the numbers 0-9 and the multiples of 10 up to 100 may be used.

(7) Pictorial models of real or play money, clocks, base-ten blocks, various types of counters, and algebra tiles may be used.

(12) Pictorial models of two and three-dimensional figures may be used and may be labeled with only words and/or variables that appear on the grade-appropriate mathematics chart (except for the name of a figure and its attributes) provided by TEA. For example, if a pictorial model of a triangle is used, labeling the base and height with the words and the variables b and h would be allowed because they appear on the mathematics chart, but identifying a vertex or a side would not be allowed.

(14) Blank graphic organizers may be used.

A description of the process needed to solve a problem was removed from Appendix D and now requires the submission and approval of an Accommodation Request Form.

Definitions of literary terms may no longer be used

(4) Blank graphic organizers may be used

Page 96: Writing/ELA-(open-ended reading items, written composition, & revising and editing section)

(5) Blank graphic organizers may be used

Page 97: Social Studies-

(4) New language regarding blank timelines has been inserted: “labeling cannot be text or pictures”

(6) Blank graphic organizers may be used

Page 98: Science-

(3) New language regarding graphics has been inserted:

(4) Addition charts may be used

(5) Multiplication charts may be used

(6) Blank graphic organizers may be used