My students are all deaf or hard of hearing and use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate in our classroom. Many of my students do not have parents who use ASL with them at home, so school is their true community. They have equal access to communication here at school, where at home they may not. My students are obviously very visual learners and love engaging, hands-on experiences.
Our school district currently does not have reading curriculum that meets the unique needs of our students abilities so I have to create all of my lessons and materials on my own.
Classroom dictionaries are a must for any classroom, but especially for my deaf and hard of hearing students. These dictionaries have definitions that are easier to understand and include wonderful pictures to help my students understand and visualize the word they are looking up. These dictionaries will make our vocabulary work easier because all of the students will be able to have a children's dictionary (we currently only have one).
We will also be exploring what it means to be kind, and I can't think of a better way of doing this than through books!
I want to spark great conversations of how different characters of different backgrounds showed kindness, and then explore the possibilities of how my students can show kindness.
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