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 suzyscq1 Joined: Feb 2006 Posts: 238 Full Member
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confusing b and d
11-30-2007, 08:16 PM
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I teach K and I have several students who have the hardest time with their b and d's while they are reading. They can read fine for their level, but I am out of ideas on how to help them remember which letter is which. Does anyone have any ideas??
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 jams44 Joined: Feb 2007 Posts: 153 Full Member
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11-30-2007, 11:42 PM
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I teach middle school so I am sure there are others out there with better ways..but I can remember when I was in elementary school and how I was taught to tell the difference..

the b always has its 'back' first..so the straight line is first, then the loop

my daughter's teacher showed them some trick about a bed, she connected the letters to make it look like a real bed and that worked for her..maybe someone else will know that one

 linda2671 Joined: Jul 2006 Posts: 26,338 Senior Member
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b and d
12-01-2007, 12:25 AM
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If you put your two fists together with the thumbs sticking up, they look like a bed, with b on the left and d on the right.
Another thing that I do is to tape a b card and a d card on the child's desk. Then give them a stack of cards that have either b or d written on them. When the child has a little free time, he can match the cards, laying the appropriate card on the ones that are taped down. This helps them discriminate. After they learn to discriminate between the two, it is easier for them to learn the different sounds.

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b's and d's
12-01-2007, 12:14 PM
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I still have second graders who confused them. I don't think I'd be overly concerned in kindergarten. I too use the bed trick. Really Good Stuff sells a nice poster for this strategy. I also tell them to think of the circle as a face and remind them what letter the "face" should be looking at.

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12-02-2007, 07:00 AM
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those are great ideas! thanks so much, i will go back tomorrow and try them out!

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abcd
12-02-2007, 08:33 AM
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You can also make little reminder cards that show abcd, explain that b comes first in the alphabet and faces d. d also faces b. Holding hands in the same position as you do for the bed reminder(fist with thumbs up, palms facing the student)-moving from left to right say abcd-the left hand is forming the shape of b and the right hand is forming the d.

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Another idea
12-03-2007, 12:20 PM
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The bed idea didn't work with my first graders this year. My reading specialist said to concentrate on either b or d and they would remember that one.

So...I taught them that a lowercase b is just a capital B without the top. Mine were having more trouble writing them. (They would just put a capital.) That seemed to help a little more. I've even seen some of them write it with the top and then erase it...or when they are reading, pretend to put a top on it with their finger to see if it was b or d.

Hope that makes sense...it's hard to explain without being able to actually write it on paper for you!

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ball comes before the bat...
12-03-2007, 03:59 PM
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I always told my students the bat comes before the ball (meaning the stick part of the b is a bat, and it's hitting the circle part, the ball. The dog's body comes before it's tail, dog's body is the circle part of the d, and tail is the d's stick part.

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using handwriting to distinguish
12-10-2007, 09:50 PM
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I always start teaching my students to distinguish between the b and d in my hand writing lessons. When I teach the letter b, I ask my students how they hold a baby. They always show me that they hold the baby in front. Then I show them that you make a b by saying "I hold the baby". They draw a straight line for "I" and then draw the circle for the baby in front of the "I". When we make the letter d we talk about how much fun it is when their daddy carries them on their back. I teach my kids that first they have to climb up on their daddies back. I tell them that climb starts with c so they have to write a c first and then draw a straight line representing the daddy. When they need to write a b or d or need to recognize which letter it is, I encourage them to say both," I hold the baby" and "Climb up on your daddies back" before determining which letter it is.

 kmer2 Joined: Sep 2007 Posts: 391 Senior Member
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posters
12-14-2007, 07:14 PM
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Sometime in October (it was before conferences this year) I found someone who made posters to help differenciate between these letters. They were very good. I have the papers copies at school, but I think it was around October 10th. It was very helpful since I had several parents ask for help on that. I just copied the posters for them and sent them home. I usually just gently remind the kids which is which since this is still developmental.

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