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Teaching about capital letters and the number sign

This hands-on activity is designed to help braille readers to understand about capital letters and the number sign.

An easily created double full cell manipulative will help children understand such early braille concepts as the number sign, and capitalization.


  • The lower and upper case letter “i” brailled onto 2 different flash cards
  • 12 pennies (shiny or not)
  • 24 velcro coins (12 hooks and 12 loops)
  • a piece of braille paper or cardboard (6 in by 7 in) laminated (should be fairly stiff)
  • Note: Picture shows well spaced pennies.  Dimes more tightly placed might work better for small hands. 
  • This activity assumes the learner already reads the braille word “I”.  Show student the braille flash card with lower case  “i” and then the word “I” and discuss how these are different. 
  • Present the penny manipulative and have the student create the letter “i” and then show them the word “I”.   This may or may not be time to discuss capitalization in general.  

Same manipulative can be used to teach the number sign and 2 cell contractions. 

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