Paths to Literacy

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Review Card for Braille Contractions

card with braille words and clothespins with contractions
This review card is designed to help students to independently match braille contractions to the uncontracted word. By using clothespins and a sturdy piece of cardboard, the student can do this task independently and it can be sent home as practice for homework.   It has a secondary goal of helping to develop fine motor coordination.  The student I made this for doesn't have much hand strength, so this activity hopefully can help her with this.


  • braille page with alphabet contractions spelled out in random order
  • wooden clothespins (ones pictured are medium sized) with braille contractions on them


  • Once the card and clothespins have been created, ask the students to match the braille contraction on the clothespin to the uncontracted word on the clothespin.


  • other contraction combinations
  • number words/numbers

Activity to Review Braille Contractions

Common Core and Braille Standards

Grade 1 - Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development: 

1.1.3 Identify letters, braille contractions, signs, words, sentences, and punctuation, as introduced in the grade one reading program.
1.1.3a Identify whole-word signs.


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Posted by Kathi Loudon

Posted on January 29, 2014
Updated on: February 13, 2022

Previous comments for Review Card for Braille Contractions

Kathi Loudon commented on February 7, 2014

I never thought of doing something like this! Now I've got tons of ideas on how to expand on this...