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School: Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences

Grade(s): 5, 6

Format(s): Bilingual, Children's book: Alphabet

Subject(s): Social Studies, World Language

Project Overview

5th and 6th graders from the Santa Fe School for the arts created this Alphabet Book as a way to introduce younger audiences to American Sign Language (ASL).

All students at this school learn ASL. The school has a high population of Special Education students, including highly challenged students for whom ASL is useful. Additionally, the school is regularly involved with service learning and collaboration with a school for the Deaf located in Santa Fe.

Students created this book as a demonstration of their learning. In this book students show what each letter of the sign alphabet looks like through a digital photograph of each letter being signed by someone in the class. Each picture is accompanied by combined alliterative sentences and whimsical drawings.

Students also produced a video version of this book for young readers/watchers.

This project was inspired by a similar project from another school, also in this archive: Project #266, which has watercolor paintings of hand-shapes instead of digital photographs.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Highlights a product that showcases students’ learning of a language other than English
  • Shows a format that allows for a combination of photographs, drawings and writing
  • A product that has an authentic audience
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