Braille Alphabet

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Create a 3-D braille chart simply with Crayola® School Glue, Markers and paper.

  • 1.

    Students research and read about the life of Helen Keller. To explore what it would be like to function as a blind person, students can create a braille alphabet and experience how to read using touch instead of sight.

  • 2.

    Students should use a book or the Internet as a resource for copying the braille alphabet.

  • 3.

    On a large piece of construction paper, students measure and draw a chart with at least 26 boxes to hold the alphabet.

  • 4.

    Using Crayola® Markers, draw the dots for the braille alphabet in each box. First make the guide lines, one vertical line with two cross bars. Then make a dot using a Crayola Marker.

  • 5.

    When completed, use Crayola School Glue to make a dot of glue on top of each Crayola Marker dot. Crayola School Glue is thick and will dry clear with a raised surface. When making the dot of glue, make sure students pull the glue straight up and not to the side so it doesn’t cause a line drip. If a drip happens, just use a small piece of paper to wipe the drip mark away and make the drip line flat. Let the braille chart dry overnight.

  • 6.

    Students can practice reading the braille alphabet by creating smaller cards with their name on it. Then randomly hand out the cards to students and have them read the cards using their fingers.

Standards

  • LA: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • LA: Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • LA: Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.

Adaptations

  • Students research the creator of the braille alphabet, Louis Braille.
  • Students research and report on the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan and watch the movie The Miracle Worker.
  • Classroom Resources include: The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, The World I Live In by Helen Keller, Dottie and Dots See Animal Spots: Learning Braille with Dots and Dottie by Kristie Smith, The Miracle Worker DVD.