Sign Language in the Classroom

Click on the link to see demos of videos of ASL activities to do with your students. Instructional Video Page

Student using sign language to learn sight words 
Signing with sight words       Students saying alphabet using sign language
Class signing the alphabet (letters, sounds and associated picture signs)
Student signing the ABCs individually or as part of a center

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Activities for Using Sign Language

1. Sing/Say the Itsy Bitsy Spider Song! It is a great way to introduce or reinforce the signs for spider, water, up, down, rain and wash. The signs will be new learning because they are different than the typical motions that go along with the song. Click here for free activity to use with sight words as well.

2. Alphabet Review and Transfer to Using Lowercase Letters
Use my cute craft to help kids "send off" their capital letters so that they can start using more lowercase letters in their writing! They choose random letters to send off in the balloon. Before they get hung up or sent off, you can have them point to each letter, say the name, sound and give the sign for each letter. It's a great way to review their alphabet in Kindergarten!

Teach color words or review them as well as reinforce the signs for colors by using this activity. It reinforces the use of patterns in reading and is fun for the students to move the words to the correct places. Here is a sample of the activity. Go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store to get the whole SmartBoard file.

Tell us how using sign language has impacted your students or your child!

First Day of Kindergarten

posted Sep 30, 2011, 5:57 PM by Allison Bouffard   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 5:59 PM ]

 Dear Mrs. Bouffard,
Thanks for all your work today.
 I. loved his first day as a kindergarten student. He showed me how to ask to go the bathroom using sign language :)  

Mrs. B.

Signing Continues Over the Summer!

posted Aug 19, 2011, 7:04 PM by Allison Bouffard   [ updated Aug 19, 2011, 7:08 PM ]

Hi Allison
 I just wanted to pass on a quick story to you that I thought you would like.  We have been spending a lot of time at the town pool this summer and when we run into other girls from your kindergarten class J. and the girls use sign language with each other.  Especially L., J. and P.  J. has asked me to look up the sign for swimming and a few other words too.  They try to finger spell things to each other too.  Very cute!

Sara (mom of a girl in your class)

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