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  American Sign Language Series II Lesson 4: Grassland, Water and Zoo Animals
By Elaine Ernst Schneider
August 30, 2001

'kangaroo' sign using asl
'alligator' sign using sign language 'elephant' sign in American sign language

how to sign 'giraffe' using sign language
'frog' sign 'lion' sign using ASL

'monkey' sign using ASL
'tiger' sign using American sign language 'hippopotamus' using sign language

'zebra' sign ASL
ASL sign for 'snake' ASL sign for shark!

Series II Lesson 4: Grassland, Water and Zoo Animals

Description of Sign Action

Starting with open hands slightly curved like alligator jaws, move hands together, interlocking fingers when they meet.
Using a right curved "B" hand, trace an imaginary elephant's trunk from your nose outward. 
Hold a closed right hand under the chin, palm facing down. Flick out right and middle fingers to indicate the jumping of a frog.
Place a right "C" hand at the neck and then move it upward and outward as if tracing the exceptionally long neck of the giraffe.
Using curved hands, left tips up and right tips down, place fingertips together. Open hands wide and then close again, to imitate the opening and closing of a hippo's mouth.
Hold curved  "b" hands slightly in front of the body, palms down. Then move hands up and down twice to imitate the jumping of a kangaroo.
Hold a cupped open-fingered right hand at the forehead's hairline. Then move the hand backward across the curve of the top of the head, illustrating the lion's mane.
With curved hands, pantomime scratching sides as a monkey would.
Place a right "B" hand between the fingers of theleft hand (two fingers on each side of the "B" hand). Hold hands in that position as you move them to the side. Hint: The right hand represents the shark's fin that is visible above the water, which is illustrated by the left hand.
snake With a curved "V" hand (illustrating the fangs of the snake) move forward from the chin, slightly rotating the hand.
tiger Move open hands (fingers slightly bent) across the eyes and outward, illustrating the tiger's stripes.
zebra Place open hands on the center of the chest and move both hands outward simultaneously.

Time for a review quiz: Animals and Fingerspelling printable worksheet - click here
Continue on to Lesson 5: Food - Fruits - click here

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 http://www.lessontutor.com. 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 Amazon.com. 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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