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Adapting Tracking Activities for Braille Readers

Frog in braille
One of my students is struggling with the tracking a line of braille and staying on that line. She is a third grade student in a life skills setting. We just started braille lessons at the end of February, so she has only been working on this for about six weeks. We're finding that old habits die hard, and she is used to using her left hand to hold the paper in place, while using her right hand to color. She is beginning to use both hands together to track a line of braille, however her ability to stay on one line and not jump around on the page is an issue.


In an effort to teach this student to track a line of braille, I am using two activities from the book "Braille Literacy: A Functional Approach" by Diane Wormsley.  I have modified the one page activity into a book format, with each page being one line only.
The activity book of "Karen" is one where we "look" for Karen as I "lost" her.  
Book with line of braille to track "Karen"
Full page of "Karen" braille tracking
With the frog book we look to see how far the frog has "jumped" from his log.
Tracking line of braille with word "frog"

Full page of braille with word "frog"

Once she becomes more fluent with tracking one line of braille, I will make her books with two lines of braille and so on, until she can do a full page of braille. Since she has been enjoying the braille activities we've done thus far, I see her moving through these activities quickly.
Common Core and Braille Standards

Kindergarten - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development : 

K.1.2 Move the fingers from left to right and from top to bottom on the brailled page, using the index, middle, and ring fingers of both hands.

Kindergarten - Mechanics of Braille Reading: 

K.4.3 Track, using the fingers of both hands and moving from left to right:

Adapting braille tracking activities collage

Posted on April 17, 2016
Updated on: October 14, 2021