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The Best “Bug” Themed Sped Products on TPT

The thing I love about Teachers Pay Teachers is that it is very easy to find materials that you need quickly-and with enough searching you can probably find the theme you need as well. I have an early learner who is OBSESSED with bugs. I knew that if I could integrate bugs into math, reading and writing, I could get him to do so much more work. But how would I find the time to create all of those materials in an appropriate timeline for him? TPT to the rescue!

Look at all of these materials! img_7162Most of these sellers offer products of similar concepts with different themes. If you see something you like but bugs are not your kid’s jam-check out the seller to see what else they have. For example, that Count It Out book has 12 different themes available!

The first thing I created was the I Like Bugs adapted book from Creative Curriculum Adaptations. I’ve gotten a couple of her books and I love them all. The pictures are vivid colors and the pieces are large enough that even my kiddos with fine motor issues can manipulate.

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I got 2 different products from Kayla Coffman with My Special Learners. The first item was this Count it Out book. I only made the 1-10 book but the download also included an 11-20 book.

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The second item I got was her All About Bugs file folder games. I made a bunch, including her patterns, number puzzles, ABC Match, Number to Word Match and counting file folders. There are more in the pack that I have not made-this is such a great value! I also have her holiday pack. What I love most is her file folders hit both math and literacy concepts, making it the best file folder pack I have found!

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This Spring Bugs, What Do You See is the second interactive book I’ve gotten from The Language Ladies SLP. I love the repetitive rhythm of this book and I know it will captivate the interest of my buddy as well!

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I had never heard of Irish Rose Place before I went on this search but I am so glad I found this shop! The Bugs Math Bundle was exactly what I needed! She has multiple adapted books, tracing sheets, counting cards and more! Her products are a great value!

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The last item was the Bugs in a Jar Book from Teaching Special Thinkers. I love that he can flip each jar up-that makes the whole book so much more interesting!

I cannot wait to take all of these products to school tomorrow!! If you don’t follow me on Instagram, do it now. I’ll be posting stories of these products in play this week!


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End of July Sale!

When I logged onto Teachers Pay Teachers this morning, I saw my store featured on the front page! It was so cool to see my brand new logo up there with 7 other teacher authors!

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I am so proud of all of the work I have done over the past 30 days. I’ve created a lot of material and I have a ton of plans ready for the fall. To celebrate, everything in my store is on sale through July 31. I will be posting several products over the next week so keep checking back and keep stocking up!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Adaptation-Station


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Home Office Essentials

First, can I just say Thank God for helpful hubbies that are willing to cut, laminate and Velcro materials for your classroom? I know it’s not Corey’s favorite thing in the world, but nothing makes me happier then when he sits down and starts tackling the pile in the corner of our living room.

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I always waited to use the supplies at my school. I started to realize two things. First, the quality of some of the products at my school were not great so I was having to remake materials every couple of months. Also, the work goes faster when I’m at home with a glass of wine and my puppy.

Tomorrow is Prime Day for Amazon-and I will be watching to see if my favorites go up as part of the sale! Here are the things I have at home that I can’t live without now!

  1. A laminator! I can’t believe I’ve only been using the school laminator. The quality from the home laminators is incredible. A lot of my colleagues use Scotch brand, but I find the Amazon brand to work just fine! This laminator costs about $22 and a package of 100 laminating sheets is only $13! I still use the school laminator for file folders, books and other big pieces. I use the at home laminator for all of the little pieces that get handled frequently by the kids.
  2. Velcro-I actually buy off brand because Velcro is super expensive. I do splurge and buy the pre-cut discs, cutting lamination is a total pain. I really like this brand, it seems to be holding up pretty well! 1000 pieces may seem like a lot but trust me, once you get into the file folder/adapted book world you will be flying through your stock.
  3. A paper cutter-my husband bought this for my birthday and I absolutely love it! I think he bought it for himself to be honest, but either way it was a great addition to my home office. It did cost about $30 but it was worth it@

I have my eyes set on a new binding machine. One of my favorite bloggers, Simply Special Ed, posts that she uses the RubiCoil binding machine and her binding on her books looks awesome. I want one badly but the price tag is holding me back. Here’s to hoping that it goes on sale tomorrow!

What are your classroom essentials?


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Freebie! Left and Right Adapted Book

I promised a freebie about a week ago and kind of forgot to post it! I created this book for a student who is working on learning the difference between left and right. I uploaded it in my TPT store for free-go grab it and leave some feedback 🙂

 

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Recap of June!

I will be honest, my June goals quickly got pushed aside! I went to my county’s media center to print and laminate materials from my new Numbers and Counting unit on Monday and saw a sign that the center was closing for good on Thursday-so sad! They are looking to relocate it but that likely won’t be until August. I quickly got to work to get my September materials prepped, I didn’t want to be in that cram with all the other teachers fighting to get work in. I worked my butt off for 72 hours and I created 3 adapted books and comprehension materials for reading, units on the US symbols and the Pledge of Allegiance for social studies and a weather unit for science. So proud of myself!

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Although I did get the math vocabulary task cards and problem and solution passages from my June goals completed, the journals and CVC file folders got pushed to the back burner. Check out the picture above, though, and you will see that it was worth it!

Time for some July goals! I’m actually going to split July into two goal blocks-I wanted to make sure I make the most of this summer!! Here are my goals through July 15:

  • Get to work on those journals!! 180 is a big number to get to-maybe I can get to number 30 by July 15?
  • Finish the adapted graphing file folders and worksheets-one of the VAAP concepts (the alternative assessment in Virginia) is to insert data into a pre-constructed template. I am creating some samples to work on this with my lower functioning students
  • I also need to figure out how to teach the scientific investigation to my lower students-I’m going to push myself to have all of the materials created in PowerPoint by July 15.
  • Touch Math for money!! I made a touch math for quarters file folder for a kid who REALLY needed it for ESY, while I’m thinking about it I want to make some for the rest of the coins too.
  • Plan scientific investigation unit for higher kids-not going to go overboard. I’m going to use some pre-created materials, I just want to have the month planned out!
  • Those CVC file folders-can’t forget about them!

That’s good for now! We are off to Williamburg to enjoy the long weekend and watch two dear friends get married!! Happy 4th everyone!

 

 

 


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Numbers and Counting Unit!

I have been wanting to make this unit for a while, but it quickly became apparent that I needed this ASAP for an ESY kiddo. I spent all weekend long pulling this together and laminated everything yesterday. My fingers are sore from all the Velcro today but this product is ready to go for tomorrow!

I LOVE adapted books so I took a try at making some-I love how they came out! In the counting book, the kids will count the objects in the picture and find the matching number. The numbers are on a panel that is bound to the back page of the book. For the ocean book, students count out fish for each page. There are 55 fish total for this book, so I am going to keep all the fish in a zip lock bag stapled to the back page of the book.

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I created a Count the Objects File Folder with large pictures for the student to count. The Count the Chocolate Chips, Match the Dominoes and Count the Tally Marks versions provide a nice challenge for students with more advanced one-to-one correspondence.

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The Match the Robots file folder is a more simple file folder that just requires students to match the number. The number puzzle is also a more simple product that has students put the number in order. Once they get the numbers in order they reveal a beach scene, which also helps them in self-correction.

 

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There are two Tens Frame file folder games that are more complex. Sometimes my middle tier students get left out-I’m excited to have two new file folders that target their level!

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The last thing included are two sets of task cards. In the first step, students count the objects and chose the correct number from the 3 listed below. Students can use clothespins or a dry erase marker to select their answer. In the second version, they count and match the number. I have all the numbers on a spare card at the end of the task card set.

 

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This product is on sale through Thursday, 6/30!! Grab it before it goes full price at Adaption Station on Teachers Pay Teachers! Also, I will be posting this in a freebie giveaway on Thursday, so if you want this for free be sure to follow me on Instagram! for a chance to win!!

And seriously, I have about 12 followers right now so you have a really chance at winning 🙂