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 American Sign Language Series II Lesson 2: Farm Animals
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
August 30, 2001



dog (snap fingers)

ASL Series II Lesson 2: Farm Animals

Word Description

chicken Place a right "g" hand at the mouth (this is the sign for "bird). Then place tips of the "g" hand into the upturned palm of the left hand. Note: It is the second half of the sign that makes the sign specific to "chicken," as a chicken is a bird that pecks.
Touch the right temple with the thumb of a "Y" sign to illustrate a horn.
Snap your fingers, hand at your side. Here, pup!
To show the beard and horn of a goat, touch the right "S" hand to the chin. Then move it upward to just in front of the forehead, changing to a "V" hand.

Touch the right temple with the thumb of an "H" sign and move the "H" several times, as if the horse's ear is twitching.

Gently brush the nose twice with a right "D" hand.
Tap the chin twice with the back of a right "P" hand.
sheep, lamb
Using the back of a right "v" hand, pantomime cutting wool on the left forearm

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Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider entered the classroom as a special education teacher in the 1970's. Since then, she has taught mainstream English Grammar, Literature, music K-12, deaf education, psychology, Algebra, creative writing, social studies, law, and science in both public and private schools. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for multiple educational publishers and is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor, a lesson plan website found at Her most recent books, 52 Children's Moments (Synergy Publications) and Taking Hearing Impairment to School (JayJo Books and the Guidance Channel) can be found at She is currently working on a project with Pearson Prentice Hall as an author of an on-line teacher's professional development course for the Council for Exceptional Children.
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