Lesson Plan

Speaking With Your Hands

Learning Alterntive Means of Communication
Robin J.
Special education instructor
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to explain the importance of American Sign Language as an alternative means of communication for non-verbal individuals.

Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 4
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 ASL - What is it?

Activity: Investigating

Students will use the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website for National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx to learn the origin, purpose, and use of American Sign Language (ASL)

Student Instructions

1. Investigate American Sign Language (ASL) using the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website for National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/Pages/default.aspx. 2. Answer the following questions: a. What is the origin of ASL? b. What is the purpose of ASL? c. What are the uses of ASL? d, Who uses ASL? e. In what ways can ASL be of benefit to you? 3. Review your answers with a peer and then place your work in your homework folder for teacher review.

2 Spell it!

Activity: Exploring
Student Instructions

Using one of the following websites, learn how to fingerspell your first and last name and how to greet another individual without speaking: http://www.lifeprint.com/ http://www.handspeak.com/word/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/everydayasl.com/id316806013?mt=8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/3strike-american-sign-language/id5486171...

3 Show Me

Activity: Presenting

During a classroom presentation, students will: 1. Work in pairs to practice the ASL skills they have learned. 2. Students will use ASL to demonstrate what they have learned by greeting and introduce themselves to the class.

Student Instructions

1. Choose a partner and practice the signing and fingerspelling skills that you have learned using ASL. 2. Present your greeting and the fingerspelling of your first and last name during class presentations.