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Build-a-Word: a Word Game for Beginning Braille Students

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For my beginning braille students, I like to create word games so that those letters when put together have more meaning to them. If they've heard a word in the classroom, we can see what that word looks like in our braille lesson.
You can create a folder word chart and then the letter cards in print and braille. I add print to it so I can send the activity home or leave it in the classroom. Leaving it in the classroom helps the student become a part of the activity.
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I also use this activity to learn about suffixes. It's also fun to have the word spelled out with the contraction beside it...or under it. I have two folder word charts. One contains the letters and the other is empty so that we can use it. I have the folder word charts double sided, so I we can flip it over and keep going without losing time to "clear it". 
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How To

Posted by gillian703

Hi eleagon,

Could you tell me how you created the folders?



Re: How To

Posted by Liz Eagan Satter

I take manila folders and cut them to fit in a binder for easy storage. Then I cut another one into the size I want for the "pocket". I glue the bottom of the "pocket" down (I've also used double sided tape). Once I have both front and back done, I use masking tape to bind the two pages together. I then use a paper punch to put it in a binder. You can purchase them from teacher supply stores, I'm just not willing to pay those prices.

On a side note, I typically use used manila folders that would normally go in the trash bin...or have here at the office and I've dug them out to use them. Hope this helps?

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