1. Topic-
The Basics of Sign Language
2. Content-
Some Animals
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. The campers will learn the basics of sign language including the alphabet, their 123's, a few colors and a few animals.
2. They will be able to basically communicate with their friends by spelling out words.
3. They will be able to spell their name, their favorite animal, their favorite color and favorite number.
4. Objectives-
1. This involves tight focus and memorization, but many children know a few of the letters and most of the numbers, so this should be entertaining to them.
5. Materials and Aids-
"Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carl
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Begin by introducing yourself by spelling out your name while saying it.
2. Explain what sign language is and who it is used for. (It is a silent language for people who cannot hear and/or see what you are wanting to say.)
3. Talk about who Helen Keller is and how she communicated through sign language for her entire life.

B. Development-

1. Begin with 123's because these are the easiest. Only proceed to ten.
2. Move on to the ABC's. These can be more difficult, and should be done slowly and a numerous amount of times.
3. Teach the colors of the rainbow to the campers. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple)
4. Teach choice animals. (Bear, Horse, Frog, Bird, Duck, Dog, Cat, Fish, Frog, Sheep)

C. Practice-

1. Beginning with the numbers, let the campers pair up and give them 2-3 minutes to master their 123's
2. The alphabet is really difficult, so allow at least 15 minutes for them to practice with you.
3. Practice the colors of the rainbow in order, then ask what color certain objects are. (ex, apple)Allow 6-8 minutes for this.
4. Practice animals with the campers, but considering most of the movements are very similar to what the animal is, this should be pretty simple. (Horse= Make horse ears with the middle and pointer finger on both hands on the top of ones head)

D. Independent Practice-

1. Let the campers sit in their partners and question each other about what each number looks like.
2. Ask what word begins with which letter and have them hold up their letter. (ex, what does Bunny start with, and make sure they hold up a B) They can do this with their own partners as well.
3. Have each match quiz each other on colors as well, continuingly asking what color certain objects are.
4. The campers can also ask each other which animals make which noises as practice for signing animals. (ex, what animal says MEOW?)

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Have an aid or an extra counselor practice with campers who are struggling with sign language, so these certain few don't feel like they can't succeed.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Eric Carl and sign along with the book.
2. Included in the pages should be numbers, letters, colors and animals that the children just learned and they can sign along with you.
3. Ask questions to the kids to help "remind" you what certain words are so they get a full understanding of each subject. (ex, What is a red bird again?)

G. Closure-

1. Ask the kids what their favorite number/animal/color is and have them sign it to you.
2. Ask them to sign their names before they go so you are aware that they took away some useful information from the lesson.
7. Evaluation-
1. It is hard for younger campers to get their fingers to work correctly, so remember to stay patient.
2. Some kids may already know their sign language 123's and ABC's, so take advantage of their usefulness, and let them help other campers.
8. Teacher Reflection-
The key to thesis lesson is patience. You will have too take this slow so that the campers get the full effect and learn as much as they can in the time allotted. If you don't get to teach it all, don't fret because the kids just take a little more time to understand.

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)