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American Sign Language Elementary | Lesson 1 & 2 | Intro to ASL and Deaf Culture

Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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92 pages
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American Sign Language Lesson 1 & 2 Introduction to ASL and Deaf Culture is a 2 lesson introduction designed especially for elementary students.

Want to teach your 3rd-6th graders ASL? American Sign Language would be a great time filler, higher-order thinking exercise, or behavioral management activity.

What to expect from this download?

In this download, I have included 2 mini-lessons. Every time I teach ASL, no matter the grade level or age (kindergarten all the way to adults) I always start Day 1 with these two lessons.

Day 1 of ASL should be about getting to know your students, getting students excited about learning ASL, and just having fun. Lesson 1 is titled “Why Should I Learn Sign Language?” and is about the benefits of learning ASL. Lesson 2 is titled “Myths About Deaf Culture” and is taught in game format.

I just couldn’t see providing one lesson without the other. I have always taught them this way on Day 1 and they have always been a hit. Students come back for Day 2 (a much slower-paced day) ready to learn more!

I have separated Day 1 into two lessons because of the differing objectives, but feel free to use them any way you see fit for your individual class. This could include:

•Teaching Lesson 1 and 2 in the same class period

•Using them as separate mini-lessons to introduce that students will be learning ASL soon

•Teaching Lesson 1 on Day 1 and Lesson 2 on Day 2 and filling the time with other work. Ex.:

•ASL coloring sheets for younger students

•Researching the history of ASL on iPads for older students

What's included:

  • Teacher guide: 41 pages, direct instruction guidelines/objectives/suggestions/etc., pre-/post-/formative assessments, anticipatory sets, closures, resources, etc.
    • Notes for teaching the power points (29 pages)
    • Exit tickets for Lesson 1 (1 page)
    • Lesson 2 worksheet (lower level and higher level) (2 pages)
    • Lesson 2 worksheet answer keys (2 pages)

  • "Why Should I Learn Sign Language?" power point (13 pages)
  • "Myths About Deaf Culture" power point (38 pages)

These files are in one compressed ZIP file. To access the files:

1. right click zipped file

2. Open with > Windows explorer

3. click "extract all" (it should be on the top right)

I hope you enjoy this product! More lesson plans will be coming soon and eventually will be bundled!

Also, look out for my jr high and high school ASL lesson plans (ASL 1-3)!

You may also be interested in:

American Sign Language Elementary | Lesson 3 | ASL ABCs and "Hi, my name is..."

American Sign Language ASL 1 | Lesson 1 & 2 | Intro to ASL and Deaf Culture

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Total Pages
92 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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