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Pizza Braille Game: Part-Word Contractions

Pizza braille game

Editor's note:  Note that "ble" contraction is no longer used in UEB.


This file folder game can be used with low vision students who are beginning to learn braille.   Dual media learners can practice part-word contractions using a pizza-themed game.  Additional worksheets are also provided.

The contractions in this game are:

  • ing
  • ed
  • er
  • ar
  • ow
  • ble
  • gh
  • ch
  • ou
  • th
  • sh
  • st
  • wh

Materials: 

  • File folder
  • Adhesive braille labels
  • Velcro dots
  • Glue (glue sticks work the best)
  • Cut out the pieces and attach Velcro if desired. Several of the pieces are blank, so you can attach the braille symbols using braille labeling adhesive (I use the product from American Printing House).

*For durability you can laminate the folder and pieces (I would recommend using non-glare lamination). 

 

Preparation

  • Download Pizza Braille Game (PDF)
  • There is a title page that can be cut out and glued to the front of the file for quick identification.  Glue the two sheets with the characters/symbols to the inside of the folder.
    • This packet also has an answer key and drumstick word cards.
  • Glue the two sheets with the characters/symbols to the inside of the folder.
  • Cut out the pieces and attach Velcro if desired. Several of the pieces are blank, so you can attach the braille symbols using braille labeling adhesive. (I use the product from American Printing House).

 

Procedure: 

In this game the players match the dot numbers to the corresponding print contraction.  The dot numbers are on slices of pepperoni that the player places on the print contraction on the piece of pizza.  Blank pieces of pepperoni are included if you want to add images of the dot configurations.  
 
 
Pizza slice with contractions in print   Slice of pizza with contractions in print  
Pieces of pepperoni with braille dot numbers on themAnswer sheet for contractions

 

Additional Worksheets

Download packet of worksheets.

 

Braille contraction worksheet  Braille contraction worksheet

 

Braille contraction worksheet  Braille contraction worksheet

 

Braille contraction worksheet

 

Braille contraction worksheet  Braille contraction worksheet

Collage of pizza braille game

Comments

Pizza Game

Posted by bridget thompson

This is a cute game and could

Posted by Janet Ulwick-Sacca

Posted on June 28, 2017
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Pizza Braille Game: Part-Word Contractions

Samantha Zauner commented on October 24, 2017
Thank you so much for the compliment! I have used my file folder games in my student’s classes in the past because his peers are always interested in learning braille alongside him as we make the transition from print to braille. Plus it is a great motivator for him to show off his skills, which he loves.
 
My student learns best  ‘visually’ even though he has a degenerative condition, so because he is a ‘visual learner’ I allow him to use a light up braille cell similar to the one pictured on this website: http://vicurriculum.org/expanded-core-curriculum/compensatory/304-braill... or the APH swing cell to help solidify the contraction being shown after he tactually reads it. I have found that he is able to almost always tactually tell me the dot formation but sometimes he needs the extra reinforcement of seeing the cell to tell me what the contraction is. He relies on the visual aspect only at first when I am introducing new contractions and then it is faded away as he becomes more confident with the contraction. 
 
Janet Ulwick-Sacca commented on October 24, 2017

This is a cute game and could be adapted in a number of ways. I think it would be great for a classroom center for sighted classmates who want to learn braille.
I am curious to know if many people teach the braille code visually to their dual media students/low vision students? And how does it transfer to the fingers? I am doing both visual and non-visual with a teenager with RP, and it is working well with her. My dual media student learns her braille tactually.
Thanks,
Janet

bridget thompson commented on July 11, 2017

Love this idea.
'ble' no longer used within UEB