An ASL DictionarySigning Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.
And Much More!Signing Savvy is an ideal resource to use while you learn sign language. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, ...and more
Sign of the Day - HOT CHOCOLATE
Tis the season to be jolly! Below are several holiday-oriented signs and word lists to help celebrate (or at least communicate about) the holidays in sign.
Santa Claus Signs
Chanukah / Hanukkah Signs
Make Your Own Holiday Word List
This is what Thanksgiving is all about – giving THANKS for all of your blessings. Don’t forget to say THANK YOU when the gravy is passed! You can also see this sign in the WonderGrove Kids Use Polite Words animated lesson.
In 1620, the Pilgrim SHIP called the Mayflower made the historic voyage from England to the New World. The Mayflower brought about 150 people to North America – 102 passengers from Holland and London plus the SHIP’s officers and crew.
The first Thanksgiving was a feast in 1621 at Plymouth Colony between the PILGRAMS and the Wampanoag, a Native American tribe. The PILGRAMS left England seeking religious freedom and were early settlers of the North American colony called Plymouth Colony (present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts).
In addition to turkey, the first Thanksgiving feast included waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, squash, and PUMPKIN. Many of these foods, with the exception of the seafood, have become a part of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Many people include PUMPKIN in their Thanksgiving meal by making PUMPKIN pie.
Although not one of the foods included in the first Thanksgiving feast, NUTS have become a popular snack during Thanksgiving time and PECAN pie is a favorite Thanksgiving dessert for many. The sign for NUT can be used for all types of NUTS. To be even more specific, use the sign for NUT and then fingerspell the name of the NUT you are talking about.
Rather your favorite is apple, pecan, pumpkin, or sweet potato, make sure you know how to ask for more PIE!
Talking about all this food is making me HUNGRY! The same sign can be used for HUNGRY and APPETITE. Bring your APPETITE to Thanksgiving dinner and surely you will not leave HUNGRY. You can also see this sign in the WonderGrove Kids Use Polite Words animation.
Giving thanks is all about APPRECIATING what we have, including the people in our lives that make it special. Make sure to show your APPRECIATION for others and you can also use this sign to say PLEASE. You can also see this sign in the WonderGrove Kids Use Polite Words animated lesson.
It’s hard to pick only ten signs to know for Thanksgiving! There are so many things that people do during Thanksgiving, including EAT, VISIT family, watch FOOTBALL, watch the Thanksgiving Day PARADE, SLEEP, SHOP, and more. Full Members of Signing Savvy can see our Thanksgiving Word List to learn more signs, practice the signs using the flash cards and quizzing features with the pre-built word list, or create your own word list of Thanksgiving signs.
As you are giving thanks this Thanksgiving, remember to show your love and appreciation for the special people in your life and be kind and polite to all. Learn about using polite words in this WonderGrove Kids animation featuring sign language from Signing Savvy.
Developed by Educators, the Use Polite Words animation has accompanying lesson plans and extension lessons that align to the Common Core Standards for Pre-K through Second Grade.
Plus, there are over 100 more animations at WonderGrove Kids. The animations are a fun way to learn and practice sign language vocabulary, while specifically designed to fit well with an Early Childhood Curriculum - they are perfect for daily use in the home or classroom. Find out more about the animations and the WonderGrove Kids program.
Full Members of Signing Savvy can see all the signs in this animation in our WonderGrove Kids Animation: Use Polite Words word list. Practice the signs in the animation by using the flash card and quizzing features for the word list on the Signing Savvy website.
I know, you never thought you would hear me ("The Man in the Blue Shirt") say that deaf children are signing too much, right? Well I say it only in perspective of comparing their signing skills to their writing skills.
I think there are often times in the field of Deaf Education that the parents, teachers and interpreters that are working with the deaf and hard of hearing population are just so excited that the children are beginning to express themselves through sign, that they don’t want to “slow them down” by making them think about putting these concepts they are signing into a written form. It doesn’t help that sign language itself is language that is presented “in the air” and that American Sign Language does not have a written word for word counterpart that goes along nicely with English. This is all the more reason for people working with our deaf and hard of hearing population to take the time to directly teach these skills to our students.
The written language is the way they will present themselves to the public through resumes, cover letters, notes and even social media. Like it or not, the skills that you show through your written exchanges with people help them to determine your grasp of the English language and to many, rightfully or not, your intelligence. Anyone who works with the deaf population knows that the link between intelligence and writing ability doesn't always go hand-in-hand, but that is the perception of the general public.
There are many ways to help students work on their writing skills. We have discussed a few of them before in previous blogs but I would like to hear more from our friends out there with the practices they are using currently to foster better writing skills amongst their deaf and hard of hearing students. Please post your comments below. Let's see what we can come up with as some innovative and creative ways to help out the population we love to serve.
Related previous blog posts:
- Turn an Ordinary Children's Book into a Creative Sign Language Learning Tool
- Creating a Deck of Printed Flash Cards
- Fostering communication between school and home at the elementary level
- Fostering communication between school and home at the middle school level
- Fostering communication between school and home at the high school level