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Anna Gail Beard

Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Template

Grade Level/Subject: Central Focus:

3rd Grade Social Studies Languages across Cultures
Essential Standard/Common Core Objective:
Date submitted: Date taught:
Compare languages, foods, and traditions of various groups living in local and
regional communities
Daily Lesson Objective:
Students will be able to list 3 facts they learned about sign language on Socrative independently.
21st Century Skills: Academic Language Demand (Language Function and Vocabulary):
Creativity and Innovation: Students are able to Academic Language: Compare
create their sign for their own name with few Vocabulary:
restraints. -Culture: values, beliefs, and behaviors that are shared among a group of people.
Social & Cross-Cultural Skills: Students are -ASL: A form of sign language developed in the US and used also in English-
being taught about other languages that they are speaking parts of Canada.
not familiar with and asked to interact with them. -Community: A group of people who live together in one place or particular area.
- Deaf: Lacking the power of hearing or having impaired hearing

Prior Knowledge:
Students will understand that communities can be diverse, including language, religion, ethnicity, etc.
Students will have learned the beginnings of how language originated from previous lesson.

Activity Description of Activities and Setting Time

Tell students that today will be a lesson on culture. Ask students questions to assess
prior knowledge of culture.
What does culture mean?
Do you have a culture?
What makes up a culture?
Begin by explaining culture is a shared set of practices and traditions that characterize
a society or group of people. Culture can include clothing, food, traditions, rituals,
ceremonies, spiritual practices and beliefs, language, family structure, and
communication styles. Explain that culture influences who we are, just like our parents
and personalities.
1. Focus and Review 5-10 min
Explain to students that today will be a focus on languages, specifically looking at a
language that many students may not be familiar with.
Play “More Than 20 Ways to Say Hello”.
What did you notice about the video?
Did you recognize any of the languages?
Do you know any other languages?
Do you know anyone who speaks another language?
Then explain that today will be a focus on sign language, a language that not only
doesn’t use words but also creates its own sense of community and culture outside of
an individual’s ethnic/family culture.
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“Today, I will have you all learn some important signs that will help you communicate
2. Statement of Objective with deaf and hard of hearing people. By the end of the lesson, I want you all to have
2 min
for Student created your own unique sign using your first initial of your first name and first initial of
your last name from the American Sign Language alphabet.”
Play an ASL cover of a song of your choosing (for this lesson, I used “Fresh Prince of
What was something you noticed about the video?
If you didn’t have the music playing, do you think you’d know what song this was?
3. Teacher Input How do you think deaf people listen to music? 10 min
Talk about sign language being an expressive language, even though you don’t use
your voice. Explain that the deaf community has their own culture with their own
languages and events. Talk about famous hard-of-hearing/deaf people (Thomas
Edison, Beethoven, Helen Keller). Talk about interpreters, both in speeches and at
Put ASL alphabet on the board and go through each letter with the student; keep this
up the whole time for student references. Teach students few phrases— “I love you”,
4. Guided Practice “Thank you”, “Please”, “Sorry”, “How are you?”, “My name is”. 10 min
Teacher will then exemplify how they created their own name sign and sign it for their
Task students with creating their own names signs. Each student can start out with
“my name is” then create their own unique sign that MUST have both their first name
initial and last name initial. They will present their name sign then move on to the
assessment activity.
5. Independent Practice 15 min
When students finish, students will answer prompt on Socrative:
What language did you learn about today? Tell me 3 things you learned about it.

Informal: Teacher will ask questions throughout lesson to assess student understanding and to
6. Assessment Methods of
encourage critical thinking.
all objectives/skills:
Formal: Students will answer a prompt on Socrative and submit it to their teacher.
Close out with asking for a few volunteers to discuss what they learned about sign
language. Then, encourage students to learn ASL to help communicate with people
7. Closure 5 min
who are hard-of-hearing/deaf because they want to be understood just as much as
hearing people.
Targeted Student Modifications/Accommodations:
ELL Students: Students can work with teacher to complete Socrative or can verbally answer prompt.
Students with Autism: Students can work with teacher to answer Socrative prompt.
- Chromebooks
- More than 20 Ways to Say Hello:
- Fresh Prince ASL:
- Sign Language Alphabet
- Socrative login