Sunday, July 1, 2012

Currently & Sign Language in the Classroom {Freebie}

It's been a few months since I did a Currently so I knew I wanted to save my July 1st post for linking up with good ol' Farley of Oh' Boy 4th Grade!

On a completely different note....
Have you ever thought about teaching your students the alphabet letters in Sign Language?  Having your students sign the letters as you sing your daily alphabet songs or chants really takes the activity to the next level.  It gives them the opportunity to become actively engaged while providing a multimodal learning experience.  Not to mention it caters to several different learning styles and we know how important it is to address the needs of all learners!  {think Gardner's Multiple Intelligences}
 I love to incorporate finger-spelling into our whole group and daily literacy stations.  My kids really enjoy using Sign Language to practice their sight words, vocabulary words, spelling words, etc.  I've done this with kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade- it is always a favorite! Spelling with your fingers just makes it more fun!  Sometimes we play a game with our words by trying to be the first to guess which word is being spelled (using our fingers instead of oral language).  Also, I like to keep select cards on a mini pocket chart in our Word Work station for extra practice.  I love it when I catch my kiddos quizzing themselves or friends on how to finger-spell a sight word!
Here are a few examples of the cards I use:

I like to showcase the alphabet letter beside each symbol and the complete word on each card to support print knowledge and phonemic awareness.  Multiple exposure can't hurt, right?

I put together a packet of all 40 Pre-Primer Dolch words that you can grab for free {HERE}.
I hope your class enjoys using these cards as much as mine do!  
I'll be working on creating free sets for the Primer and 1st-3rd grade lists as well.  Make sure you are following my blog, facebook, and store so you will be the first to know when they are posted!

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  1. I LOVE Skippy! He's my favorite read aloud as well! He works well from K-6th, they all like him!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  2. The End to Molassess Classes is on my list of must reads.

    I'm your newest follower!

    First Grade Magic

  3. Omg, thank you for the freebie! I love teaching kids how to sign, I haven't been exposed to it in awhile. I taught my daughter baby signs "Signing Time" She could communicate with me so well, she didn't speak until she was 2 1/2!!

    Surfin' Through Second

  4. Mmmmm Starbucks!! It is calling my name too!

  5. Thanks for the sign language freebie! As we learn our letters, we learn them in sign as well using When we have to wait in a line in the hallway, I'll spell sight words in sign as students guess the word and then sign it. I love the signs! Thanks!

  6. girl (almost 3) LOVES singing that song...and it totally puts a smile on my face listening to her version of the song :)

  7. Love the sign language signs! Such a great idea! Love Skippy Jon, too! So much fun!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  8. Oh how I need some Starbucks right about now! I love teaching my class sign language. Thanks so much for the freebie!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  9. So I just discovered your blog and am your newest follower! I am in LOVE (I mean I crave and go get) Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks. It makes me want to go and get one now. :) I am in the middle of reading Ron Clark's book. I'm glad it's your fave.

    Sweet Seconds

  10. I also teach the sign for our sight words and other common words (name, same, different, walk...). I think it helps keep my kids engaged and they LOVE trying to sign complete sentences with the words they've learned!

  11. Yumm - cinnamon dolce is my fave! I use some sign language symbols in my class!Love them!

    Krazy Town

  12. Hi Mary! Check your email when you can. I just sent you a message letting you know that you were a winner in my HeidiSongs CD giveaway!!! Congratulations!

    Lil' Country Kindergarten
    Kindergarten Network

  13. Love Ron Clark's book too... that is a good one!!! thanks so much for linking up!!! I need to go and get the laundry off of my bed too... LOL I have a new washer and I LOVE washing but hate the put away thing :) thanks for linking up :)

  14. awwwww i love when kids make up songs :)

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  15. Just stopping by to let you know that I awarded you the Versitile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to check it out!

  16. Thank you for the ASL sight word freebie. I want to use sign language this year in my Kindergarten class. I would appreciate any ASL tips or resources that have helped you in your classroom. What a wonderful way to make learning fun!

  17. Thanks for the new idea! I taught the kids the alphabet in sign language then tied it with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom which we did for graduation! The kids (and parents) loved it! This will be a great hit too!

  18. Thank you so much for this freebie! My kids are so interested in learning the signs for everything. I can never remember the whole alphabet and this will really help us learn it for good! Thank you!!

    I wanted to let you and your readers know about a giveaway I'm hosting on my blog. It's for educational printables from Little Learning Lovies.
    You can enter in lots of ways.

    I hope to see you there!

  19. It has been so hot here too. I feel like a hermit with all of the window shades drawn all day . . . or like one of those ladies with 50 cats who barley ventures out to get the mail. My outdoor to-do list keeps growing :). Try too stay cool my friend.

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  20. THANK YOU! I teach my first grade and the second grade class sign language with the Signing Time curriculum. I wanted to use it more with spelling etc, but didn't get around to it. You have now made it easy. THANK YOU!!!!!!

  21. Thank you for the freebie! I have wanted to teach the alphabet using sign language for years now but have been "afraid." Your freebie will help me do it the right way. I am now following you blog. Please follow mine too!

    P.S... Isn't Starbucks the best coffee in the universe????

  22. I have always wanted to do something like this, but yours came out so much better than what I had envisioned in my mind! Thanks for sharing! I love it!

  23. Thanks for posting the cards as a Freebie! I work with students who are deaf and hard of hearing but, this is great for all students. Hearing kids LOVE to learn fingerspelling and it really does help them visualize it. Thanks again!!

  24. WOW! Thanks for sharing! GUESS WHAT??? I'm your newest follower! Stop by anytime!

  25. I love your sign language cards-thanks for sharing!! Beth

  26. I LOVE the sign language cards. I teach a lot of sign language in my classroom. You mentioned that you are working on other lists as well. Are you still planning on including the Primer and 1st-3rd grades? I teach first grade and would LOVE to use these cards.

  27. I'm so giddy to have found these! Thank you for making them and sharing for free!


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