Braille Quizzes – for Older Students
For a change, challenge your students on their knowledge of braille with a braille quiz! A quiz can be played with individual students or with a group. As a Visiting Teacher, you can even have your students compete against each other by scoring their answers during their individual visit times and sharing their scores with other students in the group at your next visit, via email or in a private Facebook Group etc! A bit of friendly competition can be a good way to develop or encourage connections between students.
Prepare cards with one braille letter or contraction on each, cutting off the right top corner to indicate which way up the card goes. Present the cards to the student, one by one, and note the score (and any opportunities for teaching in the future).
Students might even like to make challenge cards for other brailling students!
Braille-Code Jeopardy (or Who Wants to be a Millionaire?)
Add to the challenge by having several “categories” that the students can select from – short forms, dot 5 words etc. Have five questions in each, that you have previously rated from easiest to hardest and allocated points accordingly, e.g 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 points.
As for the game of Jeopardy, the student selects their question, e.g. “Dot-5 words for 30 points.” Keep a tally of the points (and any opportunities for teaching in the future).
Braille General Knowledge
Here are some questions to get you started and keep your students thinking (presented in no particular order with answers below):
- What dots make the “bullet point”?
- How do you write “one half” in braille?
- Is “word” a dot-46 contraction?
- Why is braille called “braille”?
- How many combinations of the 6 braille dots are possible?
- What letter of the alphabet is “out of step” with (or doesn’t follow the pattern of) the rest and why?
- In which century was braille invented?
- What is the “@” sign in braille?
- What 9 letter word is represented by 2 dots?
- How many contractions can you think of, that represent two-letter words?
- What do “cannot” and “many” (or “spirit”) have in common?
- Do you use the “er” contraction in the word “mother”?
- Which is the odd one out: these, those, their, there, them?
- How are “through” and “those” different?
- What does “z” represent when it stands alone?
Answers to Braille General Knowledge
1. dots-456 dots-256; 2. dots-3456 dot-1 dots-34 dots-12; 3. no, it’s a dot-45 contraction (dot-45 the); 4. invented by blind French boy, Louis Braille; 5. 64 including the blank cell; 6. “w” as there was no “w” in the French alphabet; 7. the 19th century (during the 1820s); 8. dot-4 dot-1; 9. knowledge; 10. 9 – as, be, do, go, in, it, of, so, us; 11. they are dots-456 words; 12. no, because “mother” is a dot-5 word; 13. “those” – the rest contain the “the” contraction; 14. “through” is dot-5 “this” and “those” is dots-45 “this”; 15. “as”
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