American Sign Language Teacher Resources

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American Sign Language Song Project

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Engage your pupils in American Sign Language by bringing music into the curriculum. Groups select appropriate songs and spend time in class translating the lyrics into ASL before presenting in front of the class. Music and props are...
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American Sign Language Hand Symbols

For Students K - 12th
Whether you are learning or teaching American Sign Language, a thorough resource on the ways to depict different hand symbols is sure to enhance your journey into proficiency. With sections on different hand symbol groups, including...
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American Sign Language History and Practice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Is fingerspelling a popular way to communicate in American Sign Language? Actually, only about 15% of a conversation between Deaf people uses fingerspelling! Learn more about Deaf history and review a variety of general strategies for...
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ASL Lesson 18

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
Have a discussion, review nouns, and practice speaking using ASL. Lesson 18 of 30+ extensive lessons on using American Sign Language covers classifiers, coded English, and asking questions. Each link embedded in the lesson provides a...
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Master ASL Unit Two: Directionality

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What is directionality? Pronouns are imbedded in many signs used in American Sign Language. Teach your class some of the most common directional verbs and give them opportunities for practice. End this short day with a brief...
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ASL 1: Lesson 1

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Experience lesson one of an extensive American Sign Language series! Whether you are teaching ASL or learning it as a communication tool to use in your special education class, this lesson is great! Foundational signs, such as finger...
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Giving Assistance

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Role play! It's time for learners to interact and practice their vocabulary in context. American Sign Language learners are given different scenarios and are encouraged to converse with others utilizing their new vocabulary. Great...
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ASL Coach - 'American Sign Language'

For Students K - 12th
ASL, or American Sign Language, uses fingerspelling quite a bit. If you or someone you know is in need of a quick and easy way to learn those first letters and numbers, look no further. 
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American Sign Language F

For Students K - 2nd
In this American Sign language, letter f, handwriting worksheet, students trace and print both capital and lowercase f, 8 times each. A computer animation that shows students how to print the letters is provided. A picture of American...
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American Sign Language G

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this American Sign Language, letter G, handwriting worksheet, students trace and print both capital and lowercase g, 8 times each. A computer animation that shows students how to print the letters is provided. A picture of the...
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American Sign Language H

For Students 1st - 3rd
For this American Sign Language, letter H, handwriting worksheet, learners trace and print both capital and lowercase H, 8 times each. A computer animation that shows students how to print the letters is provided. A picture of American...
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Greetings in American Sign Language

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What is your name? Run through the slides to acquaint your learners with greeting others in ASL. Your pupils will then practice introducing themselves to others around the classroom, and they will end the day by creating a poster...
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EdTech Tuesdays: Signed Stories

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
A tablet can be a great visual tool for the classroom, and this American sign language tool could be just what you're looking for. Rich and Jennifer provide an overview of the app and point out the features that would be great for...
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Learning American Sign Language (ASL): Using Alphabet Flash Cards

For Teachers K - 8th
Students participate in various alphabet flashcard games to study the sign letters used by the hearing impaired.
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Give Me a Little Sign

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students watch an episode of the PBS show "Maya & Miguel," and demonstrate various letters and words in American Sign Language. They create a message using a comic strip, spell their name using ASL, and answer discussion questions...
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ASL Interactive

For Students K - 12th
Go over the building blocks of American Sign Language with an interactive alphabet tool. As learners of all ages hover their cursors over a letter, the image of a hand changes to reflect that letter's sign in ASL.
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American Sign Language—Food

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Teach your American Sign Language class how to sign basic food items like pizza, apple, and orange. Lots of graphics (included) are used to play a game of concentration. Note: You'll have to be familiar with the signs themselves before...
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A Historical and Educational Perspective on American Sign Language

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed
Using Sign Language to Communicate with Your Special-Needs Students in the Classroom
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American Sign Language Cards

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this American Sign Language worksheet, students cut out and study six illustrated cards. Students follow the written directions and picture clues to learn to sign these words: animal, tree, bag, wind, rain, bird.
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Letter Gg Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter Gg printing practice activity, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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American Sign Language

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Provide your ASL learners with lots of historical and cultural information on the Deaf community. As the slides are text heavy and extensive, select certain slides to cover based on your day's agenda.
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"at" Endings Worksheet (American Sign Language)

For Students 5th - 6th
For this American sign language worksheet, students read and sign the word for 4 words. All end with "at": mat, hat, cat and bat. The words are written and there is a picture showing how to make the sign for the word.
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American Sign Language Poster

For Teachers 5th - 6th
In this American sign language worksheet, students learn the alphabet by analyzing this poster that has each letter with a picture of the hand in the correct position. There are no questions to answer.
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C is for C: American Sign Language

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this early childhood letter Cc worksheet, students practice tracing the uppercase C and lowercase c lines before they form the same letters independently on the lines provided. A picture of the symbol C in American Sign Language is...
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A (American Sign Language Graphic)

For Students K - 1st
For this printing letter A worksheet, students trace dotted examples of upper and lower case Zaner-Bloser letter Aa. Students then use the blank primary lines to practice forming their own letters.
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Sounds of the Rainforest

For Teachers Pre-K - K Standards
Do you hear what I hear? Encourage scholars to use their listening skills and participate in a series of activities that demonstrate how the sense of hearing is crucial to the human and animal world. Activities guide learners on nature...
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Classifiers

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Classifiers help describe things in American Sign Language. Provide your class with a visual image for each classifier, and then use this presentation as a review tool. Finally have learners put their knowledge to use by selecting...
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"Some Excellent Dumb Discourse:" Caliban as native American

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Explore The Tempest and how language and power are intertwined in the play. Through a series of questions (provided) and an intense activity that has groups translate Caliban's speech into American Sign Language, learners recognize...
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American Sign Language

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders use consumer skills needed as an adult. It serves as a framework for learning the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) classifiers. They make use of digital video recording equipment to record skits and conversations.
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ASL Lesson 8

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Another awesome ASL lesson! Teach ASL to a special ed class, hearing impaired child, or for your own enrichment. This lesson provides comprehensible ASL language development. Each highlighted blue area links to a video, printable image,...
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ASL: Building a functional vocabulary

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
Best resource ever! Teaching and learning to teach ASL just got easier. For special education teachers or those working with hearing impaired students, this lesson provides story and time telling practice using ASL. Each blue link you...
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Deaf and Diverse

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine deaf culture and the role that American Sign Language plays in forging a sense of community.
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E is for E (ASL)

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this American Sign Language, letter e worksheet, students trace capital and lowercase e, 8 times each. Students then print capital and lower case e 9 times each. A computer animation is provided which demonstrates how to print each...
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Benefits of ASL in the General Education Classroom

For Teachers K - 12th
There are many great ways to incorporate American Sign Language into your lessons.
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Forming a WH Question in American Sign Language

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Students use the correct sign for the five WH question words with the appropriate facial expression to accurately form questions in ASL.
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ASL Lesson 2

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Empower your non-verbal, autistic, or learning-impaired child with sign language. Lesson 2 in this functional and straight-forward series focuses on vocabulary related to familial relationships and ASL grammar. Video clips and images of...
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ASL Lesson 4

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Provide your hearing-impaired or special-needs students with a functional ASL vocabulary focused on feelings and family. Lesson 4 in this extensive series allows you to view both images and videos of each word or sentence as it is...
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ASL Lesson 7

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
A series of food-related sentences and words are the focus of this practical and straight-forward lesson. With a 70 minute video lecture and ASL demo, this resource features images and clips of very useful ASL vocabulary words. While it...
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ASL Lesson 17

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Learn to communicate with sign in this comprehensive series. It includes a video, images to help you sign, a quiz, and multiple practice sheets, all of which are intended to communicate wants, needs, and personal preferences. The video...
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ASL: Lesson 12

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Interested in learning ASL? Lesson 12 in this ASL series gets you ready to identify the days of the week, ask question, and modify time signs. Note: If you are a special eduction teacher, use the vocabulary list to teach your non-verbal...
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ASL Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Use this resource to learn or to teach ASL. Lesson 11 focuses on ASL grammar and function, asking questions, and using vocabulary such as never, sometimes, and always. Images and videos are available to help ensure proper form while...
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Learning ASL: Lesson 9

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Here is lesson 9 in an extensive series on teaching and learning ASL. Discuss code switching, numerical incorporation, and noun based vocabulary. Then, click on the blue links to view ASL in action. Each link takes you to a printable...
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Gestures, Signals, and Sign Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Distinguishing between hand gestures, standardized hand signals, and formal sign languages is focus of this instructional activity. Additionally, learners will identify groups of people who routinely use hand signals, or sign languages,...
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ASL: Lesson 19

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Being able to express feelings is important for every learner. ASL lesson 19 is intended for teaching hearing impaired pupils or special ed teachers functional ASL. Since this provides a list of signs describing feelings, it would be a...
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What is Language?

For Teachers Higher Ed
Intended to be used along with the first chapter of An Introduction to Language textbook, this PowerPoint is full of linguistic terminology that is not necessarily explained. This tool can be used to complement a lecture or a text, but...
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Practice Fingerspelling

For Teachers 6th - 8th
An extensive list of vocabulary is provided, one word per slide, but make sure you stop after each slide to ensure your learners are practicing the correct sign. Also, organize slides in a more manageable chunk to retain your learners'...
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Marlee Signs

For Students Pre-K - Higher Ed
Start communicating in American Sign Language with this handy app. Made up of a series of video clips, the app makes it easy to begin really saying something with your hands.
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ASL: Lesson 14

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Build your sign language vocabulary with this ASL lesson. Link to videos that show how to sign properly. Intended for those teaching or learning ASL as a mode of communication.
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ASL: Lesson 13

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Ever consider becoming an interpreter for a special needs or hearing impaired pupil? ASL lesson 13 focuses on becoming an interpreter and also on research. Included are many links to visual aids and video intended to guide your signing...
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Sign Language: a History

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Did you know that umpires first adopted hand signals when baseball's first deaf Major League player, William "Dummy" Hoy, started playing in the late 1800's? Discuss some of the historical impacts the Deaf population had on the 16th...
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ASL: Lesson 20

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Teach it, learn it, communicate with it. ASL is at your fingertips with this sign language series. Lesson 20 focuses on classifiers, descriptive vocabulary, and asking questions. Each blue link on the page takes you to an image or video...
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ASL: Lesson 3

For Teachers 1st - 8th
The ASL lessons from lifeprint are amazing, but can be complicated. While this lesson is perfect for those needing to learn or teach ASL to the deaf community, it could also provide a valuable communication tool. This resource features...
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ASL: Lesson 16

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
ASL lesson 16 covers adverbs of time, sentence structure, and asking questions. Each blue link takes you to an image, instructions, or video of the word/s being signed. Great resource!
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I (With American Sign Language Graphic)

For Students K - 1st
For this printing letter I worksheet, students trace 20 dotted examples of upper and lower case Zaner-Bloser letter Ii. Students then use the blank primary lines to practice their own letters.
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X (American Sign Language Graphic)

For Students K - 1st
In this printing letter X activity, students learn to form upper and lower case Zaner-Bloser letter X. Students trace 20 dotted examples and then practice their own letters on the blank primary lines.
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What's That Sign?

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students watch an episode of a PBS show called Maya and Miguel that focuses on communication with American Sign Language. They play a game in which they identify a number of the ASL signs.
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Letter Xx Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter X printing practice learning exercise, learners trace the uppercase letter. Students then practice printing the uppercase letter independently on the lines provided. Learners may also color the American Sign Language picture.
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Letter Cc Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter Cc printing practice worksheet, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters indendently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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Letter Ii Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter "Ii" printing practice worksheet, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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Letter Jj Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter "Oo" printing practice activity, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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Letter Oo Practice

For Students K - 2nd
In this letter Oo printing practice worksheet, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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Letter Vv Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter Vv printing practice worksheet, learners trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Learners may also color the...
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Handwriting Practice: Letter Ww

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter "Ww" printing practice activity, students trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Students may also color the...
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Letter Yy Practice

For Students Pre-K - 1st
In this letter "Yy" printing practice activity, learners trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Students then practice printing the uppercase and lowercase letters independently on the lines provided. Learners also color a picture...
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Simplified Sign Language

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students practice and examine the different types of sign languages. They explore the need for a simplified system of signing. They compare the simplified version with American sign language. They also practice with another signing...
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Signed Stories

For Students Pre-K - 5th
Designed for the deaf, and useful for learners of American or British Sign Language, this tool models the signs for selected words. Entire books can be read aloud by a narrator, with options for displaying subtitles or an onscreen...
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ASL: Lesson 10

For Teachers K - Higher Ed
Focus on learning how to sign cardinal and ordinal numbers, nouns, and lexicalized fingerspelling. Here is lesson 10 of the series on learning ASL. Provided, are multiple links that provide a visual guide to proper signing. Teach your...
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ASL - Fingerspelling Alphabet

For Students K - 12th
Here you'll find a handy reference page to accompany your sign language lessons on fingerspelling the alphabet.
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ASL: Lesson 5

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
Sign language is an effective way to communicate with those special needs, hearing, impaired, and non-verbal pupils. This lesson provides a highly structured way to learn or teach ASL. Included are multiple links to images, descriptions,...
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ASL: Lesson 15

For Teachers 1st - Higher Ed
ASL is fun to learn and now so easy! This is lesson 15 in a series of 30+ lessons of learning or teaching ASL in a comprehensible and strategic way. Use this lesson to reinforce identifying community helpers and conducting an interview....
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How to Speak Without a Voice

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Some babies are learning sign language before learning to speak. Given the scenarios in this quiz, can you identify what each sign means? Multiple-choice answers are provided for each question. Use this resource in a psychology or sign...
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Body Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The power of signs and signals. Viewers use various body parts to illustrate how gestures convey meaning and how the meaning of these gestures may differ among racial and cultural groups, between men and women, or have meaning to...
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ASL Sign Time Test

For Students 9th - 12th
What were you doing yesterday evening? What time did you go to sleep? Use this time test to quiz your ASL class with time and schedule vocabulary. 
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Cultural Notes: A Look at Deaf Culture

For Teachers 5th - 8th
How do people become deaf? Can deaf people do the same things as those who aren't deaf? There are a lot of questions that surround us when we are unfamiliar with something. Help your class be more culturally sensitive with this...
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Evaluating Text: Helen Keller's "My Life"

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Readers are asked to evaluate Helen Keller's claim, and the evidence she uses to support her argument, that it is more difficult for hearing impaired children to learn to talk with others.
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A is for American Sign Language: The Letter Aa

For Students K - 1st
In this printing practice worksheet, students follow the dotted lines and numbered arrows to practice printing two lines of both uppercase and lowercase A. If online, they can view an animation of how to form the letter. 
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B is for B in American Sign Language

For Students K - 1st
In this printing practice learning exercise, students follow the dotted lines to form the letters B and b. They print two rows of each. They can see an animation of how to form each letter if they look at the learning exercise online...
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Y (American Sign Language Graphic)

For Students K - 1st
In this printing letter y worksheet, students learn to form upper and lower case Zaner-Bloser letter y. Students trace 20 dotted examples and then practice their own letters on the blank primary lines.
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ASL Crossword

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Give your ASL students this crossword puzzle to fill time or review basic vocabulary terms. The clues are creatively done using visual images of the hand signs. How clever! 
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Better Attitudes and Skills in Children

For Teachers K - 3rd
Little kids often have very big feelings, and need help expressing them. A set of social emotional lessons provide tangible ways for young elementary learners to visualize their emotions, focus on clear communication, and channel their...
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Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learn from teachers at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind on ways to reach students of different learning styles and ability levels, as well as how to accommodate learners with special needs in a general education classroom setting.
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A Sense for Technology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss American Sign Language. They work in pairs to review the fingerspelling alphabet and to spell a few common words. In addition. they work with a partner to practice signs for 10 different words related to a selected...
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ASL III: Classifiers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Classifiers show movement, location, and appearance.  This basic presentation will introduce ASL learners to how classifiers are formed and what their functions are. Pair with practice opportunities to engage all learners! 
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Science for Technology

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers discuss sign language and learn how to spell some words.  In this investigative lesson students work with a partner to write and perform sign language on a given topic. 
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Sign Language

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students create short video tutorials on various American Sign Language signs. This lesson is a six-day project that begins with internet research and ends with student self-evaluations of project results.
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"Some excellent dumb discourse:" Caliban as native American

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore some of the colonial implications of The Tempest, analyzing how language and power interrelate in the play and using another American voice, American Sign Language, to consider the different forms of communication...
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Proverbs 17:17

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this Bible worksheet, students read John 13:1 and Proverbs 17:17 about love and friendship. Students follow the illustrations to learn how to sign the words in the Proverbs verse using American Sign Language. Students sign the words:...
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Proverbs 15:3

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this Bible verse worksheet, students read Proverbs 15:3 and learn to say it in sign language. The verse reads, "The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good." Illustrations show how to sign each word.
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The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the United States

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Would I be able to access all areas of the school if I used a wheelchair? Or if I could not see? After brainstorming a list of typical life activities, class members assume the role of a person with a specific disability and consider...
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Mud is Mud...or is it?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
We know that the type of soil varies by location, but does the seafloor sediment also vary, or is it all the same? Scholars compare photos of the seafloor from two different locations: the Savannah Scarp and the Charleston Bump. Through...
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Can You Hear a Rainbow?

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
Teach your class about compassion and empathy with Jamee Riggio Heelan's Can You Hear a Rainbow? As kids read about Chris, a boy who is deaf, they discuss the things he likes to do, as well as the ways he communicates with the world.
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Life in the Crystal Palace

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Marine biologists research sea ice communities. Assign some groups to construct paper models of sea ice communities in winter, and some to construct models of them in summer. The lesson is simplistic, but the Internet resources provided...
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The Biggest Plates on Earth

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The deepest part of the ocean is the Marianas trench where two tectonic plates meet. Scholars explore plate tectonics and their boundary types by completing hands-on activities throughout the lesson. Specific areas, such as the Galapagos...
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Getting the Message: What Did You Say?

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students listen to and compare the first sentence of the Gettysburg Address spoken in different languages. They also compare frequency readings for each and discuss how the brain interprets spoken words.
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Being Productive in the Arctic Ocean

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the three realms of the Arctic Ocean, and describe the relationships between these realms. They identify major factors that limit primary productivity in the Arctic Ocean.
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History's Thermometers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the concept of paleoclimatological proxies. In this oxygen isotope lesson, students interpret data and make inferences about climate changes in the geologic past.
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Candy Chemosynthesis

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explain chemosynthesis and photosynthesis using candy. In this chemosynthesis lesson, students work cooperatively to create a visual explanation of the chemical equations of photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.
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Complete the Story with Homographs

For Students 5th - 6th
Why are homographs so tricky? They have the same spelling, but they have different meanings. After completing this reading passage with the correct words, look at each homograph listed and encourage your class members to find the...
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Reproductive Lottery

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students explain that fishes that reproduce externally have to release great numbers of eggs and milt (sperm) in order to ensure fertilization.
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Biochemistry Detectives

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore the process of chemosynthesis and relate it to the biological communities in cold seeps. In this biochemistry lesson plan students interpret analyses of enzyme activity and draw inferences about organisms in cold...
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Piercing the World of Silence

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students explore the sign language alphabet. They examine the difficulties faced by handicapped persons, and are introduced to Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan and The Miracle Worker.
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Polar Bear Panic!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students identify the three realms of the Arctic Ocean, and describe the relationships between these realms. They graphically analyze data on sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, and recognize a trend in these data.
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Survivors on the Ocean Ridge

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discover the uniqueness of deep sea hydrothermal vent organisms through an exploration of the NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition. They study the genetics and evolution of a shrimp species that lives near the vents then they...
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Mystery of the Alaskan Seamounts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers study seamounts and the processes that form them.  In this Gulf of Alaska lesson plan students interpret data and investigate a hypothesis.
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Living With the Heat: The Ring of Fire

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students investigate the planet Earth's infamous ring of fire and the life that thrives from it.  In this ocean environment lesson, students investigate hydrothermal vents and how organisms thrive off their heat.  Students complete a...
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Lights in the Deep

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learners describe, compare, and contrast bioluminescence, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence. They explain the role of three major components of bioluminescent systems. They ex
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Feeling Crabby?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students analyze data to investigate the influence of water depth on size among deep-water crabs. They interpret results from this data, and apply the results regarding appropriate fishery regulations.
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Rock Eaters of the Gulf of Alaska

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the processes of photosynthesis and chemosynthesis. They identify and describe sources of energy used by various organisms for chemosynthesis.
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AdVENTurous Findings on the Deep Sea Floor

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners conduct investigations to observe formations of precipitates, then create models of developing hydrothermal vents. They compare the models with the actual hydrothermal vents developing along the Galapagos Rift.
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Yo-Yos, Tow-Yos and pH, Oh My!

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore how hydrothermal vents are formed and where they are located on the ocean floor. They study how scientists use CTDs to locate hydrothermal vents.
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Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing

For Teachers K - 1st
Students see that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students explain that sound can produce patterns. They engage in a wide variety of activities that focus on the sense of hearing.
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Bits of Braille

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Intended to build an understanding of Braille in a general education classroom. They read the book Helen Keller then write their names using a braille website. Many interesting web links are included. Could be used for a general or...
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Understanding Deafness

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
The two main characters in the book Wonderstruck are both deaf. In order to connect to text, learners discuss the nature of hearing impairment or loss. The lesson is teacher-led and discussion-based. It focuses on types of hearing loss...
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Fingers Out Game

For Teachers 7th - 9th
To better understand technical text developmentally disabled students engage higher level thinking skills by making a hand movement while simultaneously speaking a number. They practice mental math by adding sums from 0-10.
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The Human Brain's Capacity for Language

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Incorporate this slide show into your lecture about speech, language, psychology, or physiology. Addressing the structure of the brain as well as handedness and aphasia, the presentation could fit the needs of many different lecturers....
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Moses Books

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students read about Moses Books and write about the similarities and differences between his life and their own. In this Moses Books lesson plan, students also show how schools for the deaf have changed over time.
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Submersible Designer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students work in groups to design, build, and test a submersible prototype. In this engineering lesson, students learn about the importance and design of submersible vessels and apply their knowledge by building one of their own. They...
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Let's Make a Tubeworm!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students discuss deep-sea chemosynthetic communities then create a poster of a three-dimensional tubeworm.  In this creative lesson students create their own tubeworm and write a written report on it. 
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From the Gulf of Mexico to the Moons of Jupiter

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science lesson, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. Learners examine the habitats and life found...
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Dalai Lama Peace and Conflict Resolution

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore philosophy by researching the Dalai Lama. In this peaceful living lesson plan, students discuss the Dalai Lama and his unique views of the world before reading the story Can You Say Peace? Students answer study questions...
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Native Americans

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students develop an appreciation of American Indians. They sing "Ten Little Indians," then act out "Brave Little Indian," an action story. They learn the poem "Then and Now."
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Dalai Lama Peace and Conflict Resolution

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the Dalai Lama teachings on peaceful conflict resolution. They discuss how actions and words affect others. Students sing action songs about peace. They create a stick puppet to enhance discussions about conflict...
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At the Edge of the Continent

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars study how to interpret a bathymetric map. They study the main features of the continental margin. They plot and graph bathymetric data. They think about and discuss the bathymetry of the edge of the cont
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The Galapagos Spreading Center

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the basic concept of seafloor spreading. They describe the processes involved in creating new seafloor at a mid-ocean ridge. They investigate the Galapagos Spreading Center system.
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Exploring Alaska's Seamounts - Volcanoes, Plates, and Chains

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the formation of seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska. In this seamount lesson, student focus on how the Axial-Cobb-Eikelberg-Patton chain was formed. They learn the associated vocabulary, and watch a teacher demonstration of...
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the biggest Plates on Earth

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars understand the movement of tectonic plates. In this tectonic plates lesson, students access prior knowledge of convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries.  Young scholars discuss energy transfer involved in plate...
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A Watered-Down Topographic Map

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the ocean floor. In this topography lesson, 8th graders compare topographical maps to bathymetric charts. They will create a topographic map and note landmarks and other land features.
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Horns or Antlers-You Decide!

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students study the difference between horns and antlers. They identify animals who have each and draw pictures of these animals. They experience samples of actual horns and antlers.
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Drifting Downward

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the effects of different salients and temperatures on vertical movement of an organism.  In this experimental lesson students design different shapes of foil to simulate drifting planktonic organisms.
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Seals, Corals, and Dollars...

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the interdependence of animals and their habitat.  In this Hawaiian ecology instructional activity, students work in groups to research the necessity of preserving precious coral as a habitat for monk seals.  Students...
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American Deaf Culture: A History of Language

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the relationship between language and culture in the Deaf Community. They discover the history of sign language and how it has been viewed in the past. They examine the Deaf community's beliefs and values.
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Sharing Beauty Through Song

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students perform a song for their school community. In this music lesson plan, students sing the philanthropic song See Me Beautiful by Red Grammar and reflect upon the lyrics. Students perform the song for their school community.
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The Puzzle of the Ice Age Americans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe alternative theories for how the first humans came to the Americas, and explain evidence that supports or contradicts these theories. They examine the role of skepticism in scientific inquiries.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE PERIODIC TABLE

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify the scientist who first wrote the Periodic Table, identify the scientist who amended the Table, state (or write) specific data relating to the history of the Periodic Table, identify at least five elements, and...
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"Ladybugs and Grasshoppers"

For Teachers K - 1st
Students paricipate in number of activities related to ladybugs and grasshoppers.
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Islands, Reefs, and a Hotspot

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students describe eight stages in the formation of islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. They examine the movement of tectonic plates in the Hawaiian archipelago region, and describe how plate movement produced the Hawaiian archipelago.
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Roots of the Hawaiian Hotspot

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the processes of plate tectonics and volcanism that resulted in the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. They describe, compare, and contrast S waves and P waves. They explain how
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Reef Fish Real Estate in the South Atlantic Bight

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students research a species of reef fish to determine its habitat requirements as both a juvenile and an adult. They use this information to create a pamphlet in the style of a real estate brochure that describe the habitat and food...
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A Bight is Born

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students sequence and model the events leading to the formation of the southeastern coast of the United States, including the formation of the South Atlantic Bight.
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Monsters of the Deep

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars describe major features of cold seep communities, and list at least five organisms typical of these communities. They infer probable trophic relationships among organisms typical of cold-seep communities.
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Breaking Away (Or Not...)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast common reproductive strategies used by benthic invertebrates. They describe the most common reproductive strategies among benthic invertebrates on a seamount, and explain why these strategi
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Mapping Deep-Sea Habitat

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students create a two-dimensional topographic map and a 3-D model of landforms.  In this creative lesson students create 2 and 3-D objects and learn how to interpret the data from these things. 
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Blinded by the Light

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize that the colors they see are a result of the reflection of light. In this light and color lesson, students predict what color will be produced when lights are mixed. They identify the three primary colors and secondary...
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Fun With Imogene: Let's Use Our Imagination!

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students research animal characteristics and use their imaginations to tell about what it would be like to wake up one morning and find that they have some animal characteristic. They read Imogene's Antlers by David Small.
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So Many Ways to Communicate - Reading a Chart

For Teachers 4th - 5th
In this reading a chart worksheet, students examine the many ways people have devised to communicate with each other and note the year that each was invented. They answer 4 fill in the blank questions including putting the inventions in...
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NYC From A to Z

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create an ABC book about New York City.  In this ABC book lesson, 2nd graders find places of interest in New York City from A-Z.  Students will research their place of interest. Students create maps and write an address...
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Animal Habitats

For Teachers K - 4th
Learners explore animal lifestyles by researching their characteristics. For this animal habitat lesson, students read the story Over in the Jungle and analyze the animal illustrations in the book. Learners create clay animal characters...
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Comparing My Family Members

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders create a short narrative about two people (e.g., mom/dad, aunt/uncle, sister/brother). The Post-Assessment narratives are performed for class members and with native speakers within the community. Then the narratives are...
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Hawaiian Bowl!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners describe the movement of tectonic plates in the Hawaiian archipelago region. They describe how a combination of hotspot activity and tectonic plate movement could produce the arrangement of seamounts obse
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Seals, Corals and Dollars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers described the ecological relationships between Hawaiian monk seals and deep-water precious corals. They describe and explain at least two different viewpoints on how monk seals and precious coral resources
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Currents: Bad for Divers; Good for Corals

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners describe, compare, and contrast major forces that drive ocean currents. They discuss the general effects of topography on current velocity. They discuss how velocity affects the ability
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Meet the Arctic Benthos

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students recognize and identify major groups found in the Arctic benthos. They describe common feeding strategies used by benthic animals in the Arctic Ocean. They discuss relationships between
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Let's Get to the Bottom of the Arctic!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the three realms of the Arctic Ocean, and describe the relationships between these realms. They describe different species associations in a benthic community.
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All That Glitters...

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students study that white light (visible light) is comprised of all colors of the spectrum. They study that the quantity of light decreases with increasing depth in the ocean. They study that the quality of light changes with increasing...
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Spawn!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explain that the ability of certain reef fishes to have a successful spawning is dependent on numerous environmental conditions. They list some of the factors needed by reef fishes in the South Atlantic Bight to have a
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One Tough Worm

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explain the process of chemosynthesis. They are able to explain the relevance of chemosynthesis to biological communities in the vicinity of cold seeps.
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This Old Tubeworm

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explain the process and significance of chemosynthesis. They develop their own graphic based on data of a biological community. They estimate the age of a given species as well.
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Mapping Seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners describe major topographic features on the Patton Seamount, and interpret two-dimensional topographic data. They create three-dimensional models of landforms from two-dimensional topographic data.
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Bar Me In

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders watch a video about constructing bar graphs. They create their own graph and interpret it.
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Whole Child: Parenting Skills

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students and parents participate in a variety of activities intended to develop both the growth of the child and the parenting skills of the adult. They role-play daily activities, manipulate dough, discuss the rights and...