Welcome to the Nemeth Braille Code Focused Lessons!
Introduction
The Nemeth Braille Code Focused Lessons are designed to help students learn the Nemeth symbols primarily used in grades 38 and increase their knowledge and understanding of key mathematical concepts. Students of any age may enjoy and learn from the lessons, especially if they need a refresher or additional practice with Nemeth symbols.
The focused lessons were developed in response to feedback from dozens of students interested in learning new Nemeth symbols in a fun and supportive way. The userfriendly focused lessons include:
 How to read and write new symbols in Nemeth Code
 How to use these symbols for math concepts and applications like number lines and modified expressions
 Examples in braille
 Examples in print for parents and teachers
 Activities and games to reinforce the new symbols
 List of special symbols for reference
 Abbreviated lesson documents with only examples and problems for students who are transitioning to braille or new to the Nemeth Code
Use the following links to go to a description of each focused lesson and to download a zipped folder with the lesson.
Focused lessons include:

FiveStep Rule and Exceptions (ZIP)
 FiveStep Rule (commonly used in geometry and repeating decimals)
 FiveStep Rule Exceptions (commonly used in place value and singledigit repeating decimals)
 FiveStep Rule and Exceptions Combined Activities

Fractions and Mixed Numbers, Including Activities (ZIP)
 How to Read and Write a Simple Fraction
 Simple Fractions with Operation and Comparison Signs
 Simple Fractions with a Diagonal Fraction Line
 How to Read and Write a Mixed Number
 Mixed Numbers with Operation and Comparison Signs
 Spatial Arrangements with Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Multiplication and Division, Including Activities (ZIP)
 Linear Equations with a Multiplication Cross
 Multiplication Cross and Fractions
 Multiplication Cross, Grouping Symbols, and Exponents
 Multiplication Dot
 Linear Equations with a Divided By Sign

Number Lines, Including Activities (ZIP)
 Creating a Number Line
 Graphing Points on a Number Line
 Graphing Inequalities on a Number Line
 Cumulative Number Line Review Activities

Radical Expressions, Including Activities (ZIP)
 How to Read and Write a Radical Expression
 Radical Expressions with an Index
 Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions
 Multiplying and Simplifying Radical Expressions
 Division with Radical Expressions
 Nested Radical Expressions
Frequently Asked Questions
Question
Which Nemeth symbols do I need to know to use the Nemeth Code Braille
Focused Lessons?
Answer
At a minimum, you should know the Nemeth numbers, basic signs of
operation, basic signs of comparison, and the letters of the alphabet.
Question
Do the focused lessons replace the general education math curriculum?
Answer
The focused lessons will support math instruction, but they should not
replace the general education math curriculum.
Question
Is there a specific order in which the focused lessons should be
completed?
Answer
Each lesson focuses on new symbols needed for a specific skill or
concept. They can be completed in any order, based on what the student
will be learning or is currently learning in math.
Question
Why is it important for children or youth who are blind and read
braille to learn the Nemeth Code?
Answer
Proficiency in Nemeth Code allows K12 students who are visually
impaired and read braille to access gradelevel math and science
materials. In addition, the Nemeth Code provides students of all ages
an effective way to demonstrate understanding of mathematical concepts
(Rosenblum & Smith, 2012). By using the Nemeth Code, students are
able to show their work stepbystep, as they solve simple and complex
mathematical equations similar to their sighted peers.
Question
Is there a UEB technical math version of the focused lessons?
Answer
Currently, the lessons are only available in the Nemeth Braille Code
within UEB Contexts.
Feedback
Please give us feedback about the Nemeth Braille Code Focused Lessons, including what you like about the lessons, what could be improved, and what you would like to see added. We appreciate any suggestions that will help us assist students who are blind or visually impaired in achieving competence in mathematics and supporting the efforts of removing access barriers for these learners.