You can't study the ocean without learning ocean signs! At least, not in our home. Learn sign language for the ocean, including the actual ocean, the sea life within the ocean, and some descriptive words for discussing the ocean.
How many times can I say the word ocean?! Ha ha. #NoThesaurus
I'm going to do this video a bit differently this time. No! No need to fret and frown, my friend.
I'll still show you the signs like normal, however, this time, you'll get a sentence to go along with it-- in ASL. You can learn more signs this way!
I even sneak in some ocean facts so you can also learn something. Or remember something. Or say, "duh, Rochelle, I knew that like 5 years ago."
Either way, we're cool.
Don't you worry, you'll get the sentences under the video, written in both ASL and English format.
The Ocean Signs Video
The signs you learned
For the Arctic, Southern, and Indian oceans you would sign them the same as the Atlantic and Pacific.
For any sea that you'd like to sign you can either sign SEA (aka OCEAN) + fingerspell the name or fingerspell the entire name: C-A-S-P-I-A-N S-E-A
The ASL sentences (& English)
1. The Atlantic Ocean gets bigger and bigger every year.
ANNUAL OCEAN A-T-L-A-N-T-I-C ITSELF BECOME BIG++
2. The Red Sea got its name from red algae.
SEA RED ITSELF NAME HOW? RED A-L-G-A-E HAVE
3. I bought an aquarium yesterday.
YESTERDAY AQUARIUM I FINISH BUY I
4. You want to go to the beach?
BEACH GO WANT?
5. The ocean is a really clear bright blue.
OCEAN BLUE REALLY BRIGHT/CLEAR
6. Boats make me sick.
BOAT INFLUENCE SICK THROW-UP
7. The coral is beautiful.
C-O-R-A-L IT BEAUTIFUL IT
8. The ocean floor is so dark.
OCEAN FLOOR IT DARK WHEW
9. The ocean is incredibly deep.
THE OCEAN IT DEEP
10. Dolphins are very smart animals.
DOLPHIN ANIMAL BIG-BRAIN+
11. There are many strange looking fish.
STRANGE APPEAR FISH MANY
12. Jellyfish don't have bones or brains.
JELLYFISH BONE DON'T-HAVE BRAIN DON'T-HAVE
13. I am going to the lake.
LAKE I GO I
14. The ocean covers 2/3 of the earth.
EARTH COVER 2/3 WHAT? OCEAN TRUE BIZ
15. How many legs does an octopus have? (I know it's tentacles)
OCTOPUS LEG HAVE HOW-MANY?
16. The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean.
OCEAN P-A-C-I-F-I-C LARGEST OF ALL
17. 3 frogs sat next to the pond.
POND 3 FROG CL:2 BENT++
18. That river is dangerous, be careful.
RIVER THAT DANGER CAREFUL
19. The sand is hot!
20. What's the difference between a sea and an ocean?
OCEAN, SEA DIFFERENT HOW?
21. The seahorse is weak.
SEAHORSE IT WEAK IT
22. Seals are so cute.
SEAL THEY CUTE
23. This river is shallow, be careful please.
RIVER SHALLOW CAREFUL, PLEASE
24. Are you scared of sharks?
SHARK SCARE YOU?
25. I want to watch the ships.
SHIP WATCH WANT
26. The moon effects the tide.
MOON INFLUENCE TIDE
27. The sun is vital to life on earth.
SUN IMPORTANT EARTH LIFE
28. I'm thirsty, I want water.
THIRSTY WATER WANT
29. Waves can be small or large.
WAVE SMALL, BIG BOTH POSSIBLE
30. Whales are my favorite!
WHALE ANIMAL MY FAVORITE
____emph = emphasize = Exaggerate, draw it out, or add special emphasis to this sign. The ____ just makes it so the whole word to be emphasized is highlighted.
How to use the ocean signs in your unit study
Obviously, the first course of action is to watch the video to learn the signs.
While you're watching, make sure you are first paying attention to the new vocabulary signs you are learning and NOT stressing about the sentences.
Get the new signs down. Spend time practicing them and making sure you are signing them the right way.
Next, re-watch the video in order to study the sentences. Just watch them.
Then, take a sentence at a time. Do you know all the signs you saw? Sign the ones that you know, and then watch again. Can you pick up some of the signs with context clues?
Check to see what the new signs are. Practice signing them.
Once you have all the signs down for one sentence, practice signing that sentence along with me. Try to match the body language, facial expressions, and other subtleties you see. Pay special attention to not JUST the signs, but the rest of what's going on.
As you practice this, signing with correct ASL grammar will become second nature.
Mouth morphemes = the specific way your mouth moves to specific signs, or types of signs.
Do this with each sentence. It may take you one sitting or a few days. The time it takes you isn't important. The time you take to do it is.
Take time each day to review a set of the words. Spend no more than 5 minutes on this.
Practice the sentences as well.
After that, try your hand at writing your own sentences using your new ocean vocabulary.
As you are learning a concept, or discussing a concept, be sure to use the sign(s) that relates. Introduce one or two at a time and then add in more as you feel comfortable.
The more you use, the more comfortable you'll be in having a Voices Off day! Bonus: you'll be able to get some studying done at the same time.
Let me warn you of something important.
You may watch that video and go shoot dog! I know all the signs! Sa-weet!
Then, a day or two later someone signs something to you and your brain goes into shut down mode. It's just there on the fringes of your brain. A bit later you may recall the sign.
Fast forward another day or two and it's completely gone.
It is so important to practice your signs. Practice signing them, practice watching them. ASL is not only signing, but also being signed to. What your hands look like while you're signing is completely different from what they look like being signed to you.
Ya feel me?
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Now you know your ocean signs and life is sweet! I truly truly love incorporating ASL into our natural homeschool life. Not just with learning ASL on its own, but weaving into our other studies. It's a fantastic way to build fluency and retention.