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    Chris Clemens

    Hi! How are you?
    I'm analysing a book Grade 1. In this volume, I should chose if the information be or not be produced as tactile graphics.
    I sent you in attachment some examples.

    In the GUIDELINES AND STANDARDS FOR TACTILE GRAPHICS it is written: In materials for readers in kindergarten and grade 1, write the braille word for the color in the shape, if at all possible.
    But we supposed to use only Ask as TN in Grade 1. If I add the color in shape or below = it's a TN because I've added this information???

    Say me if these examples below are ok!

    On page 4, Circle the row that has more. = Basic shapes
    On page 15, If I replace an image (apple, banana, orange) by a shape, can I add an explication or not.
    On page 22, we have 4 bowls, the question is how many fish in each bowl = tactile graphic or Adaptation?
    On page 27, we have yellow scissors and red scissors and scissors in all = basic shapes with the color written above.
    On page 28 = I replaced book, pencil, paper clip by a shape
    On page 29, Can I do a tactile graphic when the answer is written below?

    Can you help me please?

    Thanks in advance!

    Chris Clemens

    Hi Catherine--
    Just to re-emphasize what is cited in the TG Guidelines:
    - For kindergarten through grade 3, picture objects should be represented by solid simple tactile shapes (circles, squares or triangles) not the shape indicator. Group the shapes as they are grouped in print with at least 1/4 inch between individual shapes and 3/4 in between groups. A TN is not required to explain that you have used a simple shape for the object (picture) shown in print.
    - 11.2.6 When colors of objects are important to the content, simplify the shape of the object and write the color name inside the shape. For K & grade 1 write the entire word, "orange" "blue" "green", etc. for grades 2-3 you can abbreviate the color and include a TN to explain the abbreviation, i.e. yl for yellow, gr for green, etc.

    My recommendation for each of the pages you've listed below are as follows:
    Page 4, use basic shapes, i.e. circles for the shoes, triangles for the socks, squares for the bats, circles for the balls. No explanation or TN is needed.

    Page 15, No explanation is needed, simply replace a circle for the apples, a square for the bananas, and a triangle for the oranges.

    Page 22, I would draw 4 circles/ovals for the fish bowls and put 3 solid small circles in #5s fish bowl, no solid small circles in fish bowl #6 and fish bowl #7 and finally for fish bowl #8, I'd put one solid small circle. No TN is needed.

    Page 27, It is debatable whether or not the scissors are even needed...much less the color. Some people might look at this and say the color is not important. You could just put the #2 followed by a solid circle and then the #1 followed by another circle with a solid circle before the words "in all". But if the teacher is going to talk about #2 yellow scissors and #1 red might be helpful to the student to have the color. This could be done a variety of ways. You could say, "2 yellow (solid small circles)" then "1 red (solid small circle)" Then put a solid small circle next to the words, "in all" [Note: You would actually put small circles not braille the words "solid small circles".]

    Page 28, your suggestion to replace the objects with shapes is fine.

    Page 29, yes, I'd do a tactile followed by the number sentence as shown in print.

    Good luck!



    Thank you very much for your help!

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