Understanding Our Language
Use these pages as a general reference for English/language arts. To introduce students to these pages, assign the following activities:
- Have pairs of students write down two interesting facts or details from this section. Then provide time for students to share their discoveries.
- Have pairs of students make up a brief secret message that only they will know. Then have them learn their message using sign language (page 305).
- Ask students to turn to page 306 and spell their names in Braille. They should mark the different sizes of circles on a piece of paper. Then have them turn the paper over on a semi-firm surface (like a chair cushion) and press the pointed end of a pen cap into the back of the large circles to make raised bumps. Afterward, have students turn the page back over, close their eyes, and read their names in Braille.
- Have students learn how to say hello and good-bye using one of the languages on page 307. Then help them find an area in the world (page 331) where these words would be used.
- Ask students to list names of friends, family members, neighbors, pets, and so on. Then have them write the names across and down in crossword form. Ask them to form their letters neatly using page 309 as a guide.