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Lesson Tutor : Introducing American Sign Language

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American Sign Language for the Deaf  Lesson 1
By Elaine Ernst Schneider

One baby in one thousand is born with a hearing loss so severe that he or she cannot understand speech through hearing alone, even with the use of a hearing aid. These children most often converse through use of Total Communication, which is a combination of American Sign Language (ASL), informal gestures, finger spelling, facial expressions, body language, and spoken words. American Sign Language is the visual/gesturing part of Total Communication, which is the primary means of communication for deaf people in American and most of Canada.

American Sign Language is flourishing and is so extensively used that many colleges, air lines, commercial companies, and educational institutions recognize it as a second language. Some high schools and home school associations accept ASL as a foreign language credit, right alongside Spanish, French, and German. Those who sign can find professional fields in many areas, including science, law, community, and education.

American Sign Language often combines gestures and finger spelling to make a visual expression of language. For example, the same basic sign represents “car” when made with a “c” hand, “taxi” when made with a “t” hand, and “bus” when made with the “b” hand position. Because some signs double for several related words, finger spelling is important when a certain word is to be conveyed and therefore is the first thing to be learned. Below is the sign language alphabet. These pictures were made from engravings by Professor Joseph C. Gordon, M.A., of the Deaf-Mute College. They were first published by Brentino Brothers in 1886. While signs for words have evolved and changed with time (1886 was before the Modern Rocket Age; hence, there was no need then for the gamut of rocket signs available today), finger spelling has remained much as it was in Professor Gordon’s day. Note the alphabet markings that are on the cuff links so that you may easily denote A – Z hand signs.

ASL letters A,B, and C
American Sign Language Letters D,E, and F

ASL letters G,H, and I

Signing letters J,K, and L

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Slanted Line Tracing Worksheet 2 Preschool

Slanted Line Tracing Worksheet 3 – Preschool

Slanted Line Tracing Worksheet 4 – Preschool

Missing Addend Worksheet Kindergarten 2

Add Four Numbers Worksheet First Grade

Add Three Numbers – Dice Addition Worksheet First Grade

Missing Addend Worksheet Kindergarten

Telling the Time Worksheets 2- First Grade

Match the Time Worksheets – Two- First Grade

Making 10 to Add Worksheets – Three First Grade

Comparing Numbers 1-10 Three Worksheets Kindergarten

Adding Three Numbers Worksheet Second Grade

Add Four Numbers Worksheet Second Grade

Subtraction Word Problems Worksheet First Grade

Picture Addition – Sums up to 5 Worksheet Kindergarten – 2

Graph and Tally Worksheet Kindergarten

Picture Addition – Sums up to 5 Worksheet Kindergarten – 3

Picture Addition – Sums up to 5 Worksheet Kindergarten – 4

2 Digit Addition – No Regrouping Two Worksheets 2nd Grade

3 Digit Addition – No Regrouping Two Worksheets 2nd Grade

4 Digit Addition – No Regrouping Worksheet 3rd Grade

Picture Analogies Worksheet 1st Grade – 4

Picture Analogies Worksheet 1st Grade – 5

Picture Analogies Worksheet 1st Grade – 6

Picture Analogies Worksheet 1st Grade – 7

Picture Analogies Worksheet 1st Grade – 8

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Addition Word Problems Worksheet Second Grade

Number Tracing – 1 to 10 Worksheet Preschool

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade- 6

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade- 5

Add Tens Worksheet 2nd Grade

Add Tens Worksheet 2nd Grade – 2

Add Tens Worksheet 2nd Grade – 3

Number Line Addition Worksheet 1st Grade

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade- 4

Number Line Subtraction Worksheet 1st Grade

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade- 3

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade- 2

Number Line – Addition and Subtraction Worksheet 1st Grade

Shapes Tracing – Fourteen Worksheets Preschool

Multiplication Worksheets Six – Third Grade

Addition Doubles Worksheet Kindergarten

Multiplication – 2 Digit By 2 Digit Ten Worksheets 3rd Grade

Subtraction Worksheet Kindergarten 2

Addition – Single Digit Worksheet Kindergarten 3

Basic Addition Facts Worksheet Kindergarten

Addition – Single Digit Worksheet Kindergarten 2

Addition – Single Digit Worksheet Kindergarten –

Addition Doubles – Dice Addition Worksheet Kindergarten

Doubles Plus One Worksheet First Grade – 7

Doubles Plus One Worksheet First Grade- 6

Doubles Plus One Worksheet First Grade- 5

Number Patterns – Number Series Worksheet First Grade

Balancing Equations Worksheet Second Grade 3

Balancing Equations Worksheet Second Grade 2

Balancing Equations Worksheet Second Grade

Missing Numbers – 1-30 Worksheet Kindergarten

Multiplication Worksheet Third Grade

Biggest Worksheet Preschool 2

Biggest Worksheet Preschool

Smallest Worksheet Preschool 2

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Numbers 1-10 Worksheet Preschool

Addition Facts – 1-12 Worksheet Kindergarten 2

Addition Facts – 1-12 Worksheet Kindergarten

Mixed – Addition/Subtraction Two Worksheets 1st Grade

Addition – Ways to make 5 – Making 5 Worksheet Kindergarten

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Multiplication – Repeated Addition Worksheet 3rd Grade – 4

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Even or Odd Worksheet 1st Grade

Multiplication – Repeated Addition Worksheet 3rd Grade

Shapes – Triangle, Rectangle, Circle & Heart Two Worksheets Preschool

Missing Addend Worksheet 1st Grade Math – 3

Subtraction 1 Digit Worksheet Kindergarten

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Making 6, 7, 8 & 10 Worksheet Kindergarten

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Number Chart – 1-50 Worksheet Preschool

Missing numbers 1 – 100 Worksheets – Two Preschool

Missing numbers 1 – 100 Worksheet Preschool

Missing numbers 1 – 50 Worksheets – Six Preschool

Fact Family Worksheet – Six 1st Grade

Fact Family Worksheet – Five 1st Grade

Number Line Subtraction Worksheets Eight – 1st Grade

Greatest Number Worksheets – Two Kindergarten

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Balancing Equations Worksheet 1st Grade

Numbers in Words – Before and After Worksheets – Two 1st Grade

Multiplication Worksheet 3rd Grade- 6

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Addition Sentences Worksheets Two Kindergarten

Alphabet Coloring – Letter Coloring – A-Z – a-z- Five Worksheet Preschool

Fruits Coloring – Three Worksheet Preschool

Subtraction Worksheet Kindergarten

Missing Numbers – 1 -10 Worksheet Kindergarten

What comes between? Kindergarten 4

What comes between? Kindergarten 3

What comes between? Kindergarten 2

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Missing Lowercase Letters – Missing Small Letters – Two Worksheet Kindergarten

Times Table 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 11 & 12 Worksheet 3rd Grade

Telling the Time Three Worksheets 1st Grade

Addition Worksheet – Sums up to 20 Four Worksheets 1st Grade

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Basic Addition Facts Ten Worksheets 1st Grade – 3

Mixed – Addition/Subtraction Worksheets – Five Kindergarten

Addition/Subtraction Sentences Worksheets – Three Kindergarten

Circle the Picture that is Different Worksheet Kindergarten – 6

Doubles Plus One 1st Grade

Beginner Mazes Worksheet Preschool

Picture Addition – Beginner Worksheet Kindergarten

Basic Addition Facts – Ten 1st Grade

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Numbers 1-10 Worksheet Kindergarten

Times Table 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 Worksheet 3rd Grade – 2

Times Table 2, 3, 4 and 5 Worksheet 3rd Grade

Skip Counting by 2 – Count by 2s 2

Times Table 6, 7, 8 & 9 Worksheet 3rd Grade

Times Table 2 & 3 Worksheet 3rd Grade

Times Table 4 & 5 Worksheet 3rd Grade

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Multiplication Worksheet 3rd Grade – 3

Multiplication Worksheet 3rd Grade – 4

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Capital & Small Letter Tracing Worksheet Kindergarten – 8

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Making 10 Worksheet 1st Grade

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Making 8 Worksheet 1st Grade

Making 7 Worksheet 1st Grade

Making 10 Worksheet 1st Grade – 2

Making 4 Worksheet 1st Grade

Making 5 Worksheet 1st Grade

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3 Digit Addition with Carry-Over Worksheet Five 1st Grade

10 More 10 Less & 1 More 1 Less Worksheet Four 1st Grade

Part Part Whole 1st Grade – 2

Part Part Whole 1st Grade

Missing Addend 1st Grade

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 7

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 6

3 Digit Subtraction with Borrowing Worksheet Four 1st Grade

Subtraction Word Problems 1st Grade

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 5

2 Digit Addition Worksheets Four 1st Grade – 2

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 4

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 3

Addition Word Problems 1st Grade – 2

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Square Root Worksheet 3- 6th Grade

Square Root Worksheet 4- 6th Grade

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Square Root– 1-30 Worksheets 5th Grade

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Square Root– 1-20 Worksheets 5th Grade – 2

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Square Root– 1-30 Worksheets 5th Grade-2

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