Fingerspelling Teacher Resources
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A Sense for Technology
Learners discuss American Sign Language. They work in pairs to review the fingerspelling alphabet and to spell a few common words. In addition. they work with a partner to practice signs for 10 different words related to a selected topic and perform a piece that uses those 10 signs.
New! Sea Signs
Here is a lesson that could easily be adapted to suit the needs of learners with hearing impairments or communication disorders. In pairs, learners research sea animals and sign language through practice and the WiggleWorks® computer program. The lesson is center based and provides multiple opportunities for learners to engage in reading practice, finger spelling, and topical research.
ASL 1: Lesson 1
Experience lesson one of an extensive American Sign Language series! Whether you are teaching ASL or learning it as a communication tool to use in your special education class, this lesson is great! Foundational signs, such as finger spelling, basic grammar forms, and vocabulary, are covered. The best part is that there are multiple links to handouts, images, and videos to ensure correct technique.
ASL Lesson 2
Empower your non-verbal, autistic, or learning-impaired child with sign language. Lesson 2 in this functional and straight-forward series focuses on vocabulary related to familial relationships and ASL grammar. Video clips and images of each word or sentence are linked to this lesson.
Science for Technology
Young scholars discuss sign language and learn how to spell some words. In this investigative lesson plan students work with a partner to write and perform sign language on a given topic.
American Sign Language History and Practice
Is fingerspelling a popular way to communicate in American Sign Language? Actually, only about 15% of a conversation between Deaf people uses fingerspelling! Learn more about Deaf history and review a variety of general strategies for learning ASL. Create some opportunities on your own for your learners to practice during or after this presentation.
ASL Lesson 8
Another awesome ASL lesson! Teach ASL to a special ed class, hearing impaired child, or for your own enrichment. This lesson provides comprehensible ASL language development. Each highlighted blue area links to a video, printable image, and or series of images intended for establishing good signing.
ASL: Building a functional vocabulary
Best resource ever! Teaching and learning to teach ASL just got easier. For special education teachers or those working with hearing impaired students, this lesson provides story and time telling practice using ASL. Each blue link you click on connects you with an image or video of the sentence or vocabulary word to be taught. Perfect for teaching non-verbal students an effective mode of communication.
Learning ASL: Lesson 9
Here is lesson plan 9 in an extensive series on teaching and learning ASL. Discuss code switching, numerical incorporation, and noun based vocabulary. Then, click on the blue links to view ASL in action. Each link takes you to a printable image and video showing how to sign specific vocabulary, sentences, and questions. Great if your teaching special ed kids sign or brushing up on ASL communication.
ASL: Lesson 10
Focus on learning how to sign cardinal and ordinal numbers, nouns, and lexicalized fingerspelling. Here is lesson 10 of the series on learning ASL. Provided, are multiple links that provide a visual guide to proper signing. Teach your special education pupils or learn to communicate with a whole new group of friends.
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ASL, or American Sign Language, uses fingerspelling quite a bit. If you or someone you know is in need of a quick and easy way to learn those first letters and numbers, look no further.
The Miracle Worker
Students examine the senses and their communicative abilities in this story of Annie Sullivan's heroic efforts to teach her pupil, Helen Keller. William Gibson's novel, "The Miracle Worker" forms the focus of this lesson.
Piercing the World of Silence
Students explore the sign language alphabet. They examine the difficulties faced by handicapped persons, and are introduced to Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and The Miracle Worker.
ASL Lesson 4
Provide your hearing-impaired or special-needs students with a functional ASL vocabulary focused on feelings and family. Lesson 4 in this extensive series allows you to view both images and videos of each word or sentence as it is signed. This resource provides words that are key for communicating basic feelings with non-verbal learners.
ASL: Lesson 3
The ASL lessons from lifeprint are amazing, but can be complicated. While this lesson is perfect for those needing to learn or teach ASL to the deaf community, it could also provide a valuable communication tool. This resource features some useful vocabulary words that even low functioning special education students could benefit from. Words like: bathroom, family, come, more, need, and want are key to communicating basic needs. A very versatile resource.
ASL Lesson 7
A series of food-related sentences and words are the focus of this practical and straight-forward lesson. With a 70 minute video lecture and ASL demo, this resource features images and clips of very useful ASL vocabulary words. While it may be too difficult for your special-needs student, it could prove to be an invaluable tool for you or your hearing-impaired learners.
The Living Words
Students translate a 16th century English text into contemporary English. They discuss the cultural uniqueness and significance of language and document words or phrases currently used in their daily lives. They use this list to aid in their translation of the 16th century text.
Students explore disabilities. In this Red Cross lesson, students study the story of Graham Hicks whose disabilities do not hold him back.
An extensive list of vocabulary is provided, one word per slide, but make sure you stop after each slide to ensure your learners are practicing the correct sign. Also, organize slides in a more manageable chunk to retain your learners' interest.