Fingerspelling and Fingerreading

The Fingerspelling and Fingerreading Standards offer a focus for instruction each year to foster students' understanding and knowledge of fingerspelling, including initialized and lexicalized forms of fingerspelling and fingerreading, vocabulary acquisition, and use. These standards are designed for students to develop an understanding of fingerspelling and fingerreading, including usage of fingerspelling in isolation and in context.

For instruction each year to help ensure students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications, students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-level standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Key Ideas

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the ways fingerspelled signs are formed and their uses.

Initialized and Lexicalized Forms

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of initialized and lexicalized forms of fingerspelled words.

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Students will be able to:

  1. Know and apply grade-level parameters and sign analysis skills in decoding signs both in isolation and in context.
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