Saturday, March 31, 2012

Activity with the Lion and The Little Red Bird book

     I read this book The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven to my kindergarten class and they loved it! It is a beautiful story about friendship, understanding, love and respect-all without speaking the same language!! A perfect way to include sign language in your discussion!
     During the story we reviewed the color signs often. We were also able to review or learn new signs for:lion, bird, flower, nest, happy, butterfly, sun, tree, and many more. Visit this site to see how to make the signs- Signing Dictionary
     The book offers opportunities to review the signs several times. I would read it through once or twice and discuss the importance of the book and then on a different day would read it while using the signs!
     We then created a collage to go along with the story. I gave them a copied lion that they could color from this free clipart site They drew the scenery around the lion with crayons and then used old flower/plant catalogs to design their nature picture. They had a blast!
    Follow up with my color word flashcards that have asl spelling. Print 2 sets and you have a matching game or go fish game!
You can also preview a video that I made that you can purchase at for $0.99!!!! Sign Language in the Classroom video-Part 2 It includes 14 mins. of ideas on how to use color words with signing in the classroom as well as some other ideas/games for using basic ASL letters. Included in that $0.99 video are the downloads for my ASL color flashcards mentioned above ($1.00) with and without color dots, AND my ASL alphabet letter cards ($1.00) ASL alphabet flashcards--a bargain!!!

Itsy Bitsy Spider with Sight Words and Signs

 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.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Say Good-Bye to Using All Capital Letters

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!

Just make tracers for a balloon-you can google balloon templates to find this. Cut a rectangle for the basket and some string. I used sticky foam alphabet letters for this that I found at a craft store and they just choose random letters. We then hung them from the ceiling in my classroom. Fun!
Here is a link to two of my products that will help you and your students/children learn their ASL letters- ASL Letter Cards and FREE ASL alphabet chart

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More Shape Practice for Easter and Spring

FREE from my Teachers Pay teachers Store:

A great way to teach the shape signs or review them. Go to ASLPro to find out how to sign the shape names that you need.
There are two pages for the SmartBoard where you can fill a basket with various shapes. It is fun to do with the whole class and also as a center activity. One page has 2D shapes and the other page uses 3D shapes. It is a great way to practice counting, as well as the names of shapes or even assess shape names!
This activity goes along with yesterday's post about the fill the basket with shapes except that that one is a worksheet.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Easter or Spring Basket with Shapes activity
Check out the activity I just made and did with my kindergarten class today! It is available for FREE from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
See how my sample looks below.

This worksheet is great for reinforcing shapes and shape names. They are to choose 10-11 shapes (I used store bought foam shapes) that will fit in the basket but they cannot use ovals. This makes the students discriminate between shapes and allows you to assess whether they know the shape names. By writing the shape names at the bottom, they are able to practice their handwriting as well as how to spell the shape words. I had my students color in the basket too! The basket clipart was free from

If you are using sign language in your classroom, this is a great way to introduce or reinforce the signs for the shapes too! You can find how to sign the basic shapes at this great site ASL Pro

Sunday, March 25, 2012


This is my first attempt at a blog. I have a website already where I am posting things related to baby sign language as well as signing in the classroom. Since I am trying to upload more of my activities or lessons I thought I would try this format for that. In the meantime, click on this link to see some things I have already posted there for Kindergarten and first grade.Signing in the Classroom