June 9

Cash Cab: Accommodations vs. Modifications

Before the Activity

This activity will focus on differentiating between accommodations and modifications. Additionally, it will challenge the player to consider various ways the learning can be accommodated or modified for students with specific needs. It is important that the players are familiar with the terms “accommodation” and “modification” and their definitions. As per the document The Individual Education Plan (IEP): A Resource Guide:

  • “The term accommodations is used to refer to the special teaching and assessment strategies, human supports, and/or individualized equipment required to enable a student to learn and to demonstrate learning. Accommodations do not alter the provincial curriculum expectations for the grade” (pg 25)
  • Modifications are changes made in the age-appropriate grade-level expectations for a subject or course in order to meet a student’s learning needs. These changes may involve developing expectations that reflect knowledge and skills required in the curriculum for a different grade level and/or increasing or decreasing the number and/or complexity of the regular grade-level curriculum expectations” (pg. 25-26)

After these terms have been reviewed and a brief discussion around their importance in our inclusive classrooms has occurred, the group is ready to play “Cash Cab”. The facilitator can choose to have each individual play the game separately on their own devices, or as one large group.

Instructions to Play

  1. Open the Cash Cab PowerPoint file.
  2. Begin the game. It is recommended that the players are given a specified time to answer each question to ensure that the group stays on track.
  3.  To check if an answer is correct, click the cursor inside the question box and the answer will appear. If the given answer is correct (meaning that it matches the answer that is displayed), click the green button on the bottom of the screen. If the given answer is incorrect, click red button on the bottom of the screen.  It will direct you to the correct slide, given the number of strikes accumulated. If a question is answered incorrectly, a strike will be given. The strikes will be displayed in the box on the left-hand side of the screen. Three strikes and you are out of the cab!
  4. If 8 questions are answered correctly in a row, then the player can attempted the Red Light Challenge. Click the red box in the top right-hand corner to begin the timer. The player then has 30 seconds to answer the question by identifying the environmental accommodations present in the list. If the player answers correctly, click the green button on the bottom of the screen and award the player additional points.
  5. At the end of the game, the player can either choose to take the points they have earned or go double-or-nothing on the video bonus question. Points being awarded are at the discretion of the facilitator.

After the Activity

This activity will provide a good opportunity to challenge individuals on their knowledge of accommodations and modifications. This challenge should spark a rich dialogue about how to identify when an accommodation or modification is required, what accommodations or modifications are effective in which situations, and which students in our own learning environment may require additional supports. It is important to remind the players that decision making around implementing accommodations and modifications are based on the child’s individual and unique needs. Additionally, it is important to mention that accommodations and modifications should consistently be evaluated after they have been implemented (Are they effective? Are more supports required? Does the student still require the supports being provided?).


Fisher, Stacy. “Free PowerPoint Game Templates for Teachers.” The Balance. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 June 2017.

The Individual Education Plan (IEP): A Resource Guide. Toronto: Ministry of Education, 2004. Print.


(The proper transitions and animations did not work once I converted the PowerPoint file to Google Slides. If you wish to see the proper PowerPoint version, email or tweet me!)

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Posted June 9, 2017 by Spencer in category "Additional Qualifications


  1. By Maria on

    Could I please get the PowerPoint Version of Cash Cab? This is great! Thank you so much for making!

    1. By Mrs. Pope on

      Did you ever receive access to this file? If so, would you mind sharing it with me.

  2. By E Good on

    I would love to have the PP version to use at a gen ed teacher training. Thank you1

  3. By Miriam Cutler on

    Could I get the PP of the Cash Cab game for Accommodations and Modifications?This is great! Thank you!

  4. By Kathleen Hubbell on

    Could I get the PowerPoint for Cash Cab to use in a Professional development

  5. By Kathleen Hubbell on

    This looks amazing. Is there a way to get the powerpoint to use for a Professional Development meeting?

  6. By Mrs. Pope on

    Would you mind sharing this PowerPoint with me as well. Thank you!!

  7. By Renee Deaver on

    Would love the powerpoint to use on January 6th for a teacher professional development requested by principal. I am an ARD facilitator. Thank you

  8. By Lauren Terranova on

    Hi, Great idea! Would you mind e-mailing me the powerpoint of this?
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. By Olivia R on

    Hi! Can I please have the powerpoint version? This is such a great tool for teachers

  10. By Spencer (Post author) on

    Thank you for all of the positive feedback on this activity! I apologize to everyone who left a comment and I didn’t get back in time before their PD. Unfortunately, the comments were not being emailed to me.

    For all future requests of the PowerPoint version of this activity, please DM me your email via Twitter. (www.twitter.com/SpencerBurton)

  11. By Melissa on

    Can I please get the powerpoint version of this. I am trying to private message on twitter, but it says that is not an option.

  12. By Clinton Smith on

    Can’t DM you on twitter and your contact me page doesn’t work!

  13. By mallory on

    Can’t dm on twitter would love this powerpoint to use!

  14. By Victoria on

    Hello! Is there any way to get a copy of this for GoogleSlides? I would LOVE to have this for PD review.

  15. By Alicia R Hodge on

    Hello! Can I please get the power point version. This is awesome.

  16. By Amy on

    Could you please send me the powerpoint version! Thank you

  17. By Patrice Sukie on

    Hi, Can you please send me the powerpoint version. would really appreciate. Thanks.

  18. By Maja Rodriguez on

    Hi there! Great presentation!

    could you please email me this presentation Cash Cab?

  19. By Rebecca Moutray on

    Could I please have the powerpoint version? I would love to use it to help teachers! Thank you!

  20. By Raven on

    May I please have the PowerPoint version? I have been asked to deliver a PD on Accommodations and Modifications for CTE teachers and I know this would be an awesome way to get them engaged. Thank you so much! raven.raby@knoxschools.org


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