Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Braille Letter Matching Books

letter matching books
This activity has two purposes:
  1. To create a braille symbol matching activity
  2. To give an older student practice reviewing braille symbols while "unintentionally" making books for others
A kindergarten student I work with is struggling a bit with braille letters and comparing them has been a challenge for him. While he is improving at this skill, outside the braille classroom he has several moments where there is down time. To give him extra practice with this, the alphabet has been broken down into three books of 9 letters in each. I purposely put in a letter that is often confused with the letter.

Materials: 

  • card stock or braille paper
  • cutting board
  • binding machine
  • binding combs
  • Perkins Brailler
  • Computer (Optional for creating typed title)

 

Procedure: 

Here's how the books work:

  • Column one is the letter to look for.
  • Column two:  the student flips the pages up until the braille symbol is found in column two that matches column one.
  • Column three is completed the same way as column two.
  • The incorrect letters are mixed into column two or three pages. The group (the student's one-on-one paraprofessional, the older student and I) decided not to put print on the individual pages as we thought it might be something fun for him to do with his very interested peers. By having the print on the pages, his peers would have an unfair advantage.

 

Letter Matching

book breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cover of letter matching book

inside cover of letter matching bookincorrect response on letter matching page book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Variations: 

A wonderful part of this has been to have one student assisting with material creation for another student!  The older student is a dual media learner and this activity has given her practice reviewing braille symbols, while also enjoying creating something for someone else.

student using Perkins Brailler

 

student brainstorming idea for her book

 

 

 

 

 

 

student checking work

letter matching collage


 

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