# Braille Lesson Plan Accessible Handout by 5mn92N

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```									                                    Overall Braille Lesson Plan
(Teaching Braille to the Class)
By
Matthew B. Juskie and Mrs. Jill Palmer*

Listed Dates: [Decide on the dates with the classroom teacher. It may be on Fridays - for ½ hour or
every other Friday, or whatever dates works best. Usually 6 weeks would be a good amount of time.
This can be decreased or increased depending upon time and interest of the classmates/teacher.]

How many students: [The number of students in the class that will get individual folders plus the
vision teacher and classroom teacher.]

Goals: [The student writes the goals that should be accomplished during the times decided. Some
can be added or deleted depending on the vision student’s knowledge.]

1. Braille: Where Braille came from and to teach the dot positions of the alphabet
2. Teach in Grade 1 Braille
3. Teach by sight
4. Teach Period, Capital sign and Question Mark
5. Teach the Number sign
6. Teach the students to read their names and simple sentences
7. Teach how to use the Brailler
8. Teach how they can Braille their names on the Brailler

Lesson Plan #1 (Preparation time) Date:[This is the time with the vision student and vision teacher
in preparing for the lesson)
1. Get folders that will be for the classmates
2. Use “Braille on” so student can Braille the classmates’ names
3. Put Braille cards in folders
4. Put the Braille alphabet, short forms, and Braille card
5. Put all worksheets in different colors to use during the weeks ahead for seatwork/homework.

Lesson #2 Date [This may take more like 45 minutes for introduction to the class]

1. Introduce the full Braille cell and explain the dot positions system. [If time allows, you can read
about Louis Braille and Helen Keller]
2. Put a big Full Braille dot on the board with each dots numbered.
3. Ask Question: Who invented the dot system and how does it work?
4. What did the Braille sentence say on the card?
5. To pick three people (from stick cup) and ask them the dot positions of their first names.
6. To teach the Question Mark and the Period signs in Braille.
7. To teach the number sign and how to do the numbers (0 to 10)

Homework:

A. Look at their names and figure out the dot positions of their first names. Figure out what the
sentence says on the card.

B. Do the Blue Sheet and on the back of the worksheet, put the Braille signs for: 7, 9, 0, 20
Lesson #3 Date:

1. Review last week's lesson on number signs and writing the numbers. (*You may notice that
others were still having trouble with the number concepts so review more)
2. Ask: What do the number sign do? What are the dot positions of number Sign?
How do you remember the numbers by the letters?
3. Go over the homework. Pass out the answer sheets so they can compare their answers.

Homework:

A. To do the orange sheet in their packages.

Lesson #4 Date:

1. Review last week's homework. Use stick cup to call on three people for the three questions.
2. Introduce the Brailler (You may want to have 2 braillers available for the class)
3. Explain the parts of the Brailler and what it is used for.
4. Show the eraser and how it works.
5. Show how learning the dot positions are needed to do the keys and push the dot positions using
the keys.

Homework:

A. Pass out the strips of Braille sentences and have the class figure out the number of their
question, print out the question, and put the answer down on their papers.

B. Have them look at their Brailled first name for next week's lesson as they will Braille out their
names on the Brailler.

Lesson #5 Date:

1. Go over the HW of students reading their sentences and telling their answers. Use stick cup to
call on students.
2. Brailler Review - go over parts of the Brailler again.
3. Matt is to take ½ the class and Mrs. Palmer is to take the other ½ of the class and we both will
show the group how to use the correct finger positions on the Brailler. Matt and Mrs. Palmer to
write certain words and names on the brailler for the kids to see how it is done.
4. Show how to use eraser on Brailler.
5. Answer any questions.

Homework:

A. No homework this week except for the class to have their first names in Braille along with
the Capital sign.
[NOTE: If there are special events happening, then you may need to skip a date and in our case we
did this in March and we were busy with ISAT and Terra Nova Testing so we waited until the
classroom had a Friday free.]
We reminded students to review their first names in Braille. They will be Brailling their first names
on the Brailler the next lesson. It will be put on special paper called Braillon paper so that one can
peel the back off and it will stick to any surface on which you want to put it.

Lesson #6 Date:

1. Before we started, the visually impaired student and I reminded the students that before they
Brailled any letters, the first thing they need to do is put down Dot 6 (Capital sign).
2. The visually impaired student had one Brailler and the vision teacher had the second Brailler.
3. While the students Brailled their first names, the visually impaired student and vision teacher
stood nearby to make sure they had it correct. Most of the students might bring one of the past
homework assignments that had their names listed and the dot positions for each letter of their
names. Tell them that they all did a GREAT job!
4. Mrs. Palmer told the class that they did a good job and they can take their Braille folders home
and show their parents. Mrs. Palmer also thanked Mr. Juskie for his time in teaching the class and
hoped that they have an idea of all the work he does while learning Braille. Mrs. Palmer also
thanked the classroom teacher for her time and allowing the class to learn Braille.

*Matt Juskie was the “teacher” and Mrs. Palmer was his “assistant”.

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