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Google Project Proposal

Name: Julia Sansom and Kristen Fuller


Title of Project:
Needs and Opportunities
Did you know that American Sign Language is the third most widely used language in
the U.S.? (Sign Language Fun Facts) Although sign language is used by many people,
not many hearing people know this language! According to the National Deaf Education
Center, American Sign Language (ASL) classes are only offered in elementary schools in
a handful of states, even though it is recognized as a foreign language. However, ASL has
many benefits for elementary students, including building vocabulary, building
communication skills, improving small motor skills, improving spelling, and improving
classroom behavior (Five Ways Sign Language Benefits the Hearing). Therefore,
learning ASL as a hearing student can increase that students achievement in the
classroom. This is why we are proposing to teach basic ASL signs to 4 grade students at
Trace Crossings.
http://www.ics.uci.edu/~mvyawaha/funfacts.html
http://www.ncssfl.org/links/ASL.pdf
https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/language-development/5-ways-sign-languagebenefits-the-hearing/
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Audience/Clients/Users
This project is going to focus on gifted 4 grade students at Trace Crossings Elementary
School. Students will be selected based on teacher recommendation and interest. The
students will learn basic ASL signs...
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Timeline
There will be four sessions with the students,

Session

Date

Description of Session

PreSession

2/3/16

We will make a lesson outline for each session and contact


teachers to figure out which students to work with.

2/24/1
6

We will introduce ourselves to the students and explain what ASL


is. We will read the book, Moses Goes to the Circus by Isaac
Millman, which is a story about a deaf boy and his family, and we
will describe what our goal is for each session. We will give each
student a file folder with the ASL alphabet, and each student will
circle the letters that make up their name. We will guide the
students as they look at the pictures and figure out how to sign
their name. We will also teach the students how to sign the phrase
my name is. Then we will practice signing our name with this
phrase.

Planning
Session

2/24/1
6

During our Google hour, we will plan and create resources for
our next session.

2/25/1
6

The students will learn how to sign please, thank you, how
are you? I am fine, whats up? yes, no, hello, and
goodbye. The students will practice these signs by playing a
file folder game with a partner in which they will have to match
the phrase or word to the correct sign.

Planning
Session

3/2/16

During our Google hour, we will plan and create resources for
our next session.

3/3/16

We will review what we learned last week. Then, the students


will learn how to sign three different types of food or drink each.
We will give them a list of ten different foods and drinks, and
they will choose their three favorites from the list to learn. This
list includes the words: apple, banana, hamburger, hotdog,
spaghetti, cheese, chocolate, water, tea, and coke. After teaching
the three chosen words to the students, we will hold up pictures
of the ten food/drinks that we learn, and the students will practice
signing the words as we hold up the pictures.

Planning
Session

3/9/16

During our Google hour, we will plan and create resources for
our next session.

3/10/1
6

We will review what we learned last week by having the students


engage in a Kahoot where we will first sign a phrase or word and
the students will select the phrase or word that we signed on the
Kahoot. Then, the students will learn how to sign the words
eat, drink, and food. We will also teach them how to sign
phrases that they might use at a restaurant, including:
I want...
I want more
My favorite is...
I am hungry
I am thirsty
We will ask them to think about what other phrases they have
learned in past sessions that they might use at a restaurant.

Planning
Session

3/16/1
6

During our Google hour, we will plan and create resources for
our next session.

3/17/1
6

For our last session with the students, we will set up a mock
restaurant. We will set a table cloth on the table, and the students
will be given a menu. We will begin the session by reviewing the
sign language the students have learned over the past four
sessions. Then the students will be able to show what they know
by using the signs they have learned to converse with each other
in a restaurant setting. We will have a small treat for the students
to enjoy, and we will close by having them write a reflection

about their experience learning sign language.


PostSession

We will reflect on the experience and collect data and student


work. We will begin preparing for our presentation.

*Our Google time each week will be spent preparing and learning the signs for the
session on the following day.
Product
Our end product for this project will be to have a mock restaurant for the students in
which they will converse using sign language. This will be a way to assess the students to
see what they have learned during the sessions.
For our final presentation, we will include pictures from the sessions, examples of student
work, and student reflections.
Reality Check
In order to complete this project, we will first need approval from a fourth grade teacher
to pull a small group of his or her students out of the class for one session per week. After
getting this agreement, we will need recommendations from that teacher on which
students he or she thinks will best benefit from this project. During each session, we will
need to know the signs to the words that we are teaching. We will also need resources and
materials for the students for each session. We will utilize resources such as: childrens
books, flash cards, visuals, file folder games, and numerous activities that will ensure our
students learning the signs we teach. During the last session we will need supplies to set
up a mock restaurant scene. We will need a plastic tablecloth, paper plates, paper cups,
plastic forks, a pretend menu, juice, and a small treat for our students.
Conclusion
We are so excited about this project because it will give us the opportunity teach a second
language to students. We hope to inspire the students to learn even more sign language
beyond what we teach them during our time together. We think that this need is often
overlooked, so we hope that this project will create more awareness for the importance of
ASL.