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American Sign Language: BINGO


The teacher has a list of the information that he wants to teach or review such as a list of vocabulary concepts.

Each student gets or makes a card with a 5 x 5 grid containing 25 boxes.  Each of the boxes contains a vocabulary concept, (for example, a word, picture, or number). The student cards all have the same vocabulary concepts but in different boxes.

The teacher randomly signs the concepts on his list.

When a student recognizes what is being signed he covers up that concept on his card. When the student covers a straight line (five boxes up and down, side to side, or diagonally) he announces "Bingo!"


Students will:
demonstrate their ability to recall specific signs, phrases, or terminology.
learn to work as a team


Success in this activity is dependent upon student being able to do the following:

*  recognize the majority of the vocabulary used in the game


* List of vocabulary or phrases to learn or review
* Definitions of ASL Terminology
* Game pieces: Pennies, bits of paper,
* Prizes:  "extra credit points," candy bars, ASL Materials, etc.
* Printout of Bingo Game/Questions
* Pencils or Pens (if using disposable cards or creating cards)

* This isn't the type of activity that you would tend to "assess" but you can make this activity gradeable by using consumable cards.  Instead of having the students cross out or cover the right answers, you can count as you show each vocabulary item. For example, sign, NUMBER 1, "APPLE."  

The students then have to find the box that has the word apple (or picture of an "apple") and write the number 1 in that box.  Thus at the end of the game you can collect the cards  and correct the answers.

Dr. Vicars' notes:

Big classes:  If the class is large, have your students work in pairs. Give two prizes.  If one prize is better than the other, flip a coin to decide who gets first choice of which prize. Explain and do the flip without voicing. Most students will catch on instantly.

Student involvement:  You can play bingo as a as a class game or you can divide the class into groups. The bingo "Caller" can switch from student to student.

Bingo works best as a review after students have learned a set of vocabulary.

You can do an interesting game by making card pairs and handing them out to your students and then telling them to use sign language only, and without showing their card to their partner, find the person in class who has the exact same card as they do. When they have found the same card they bring their pair up to the front and get a set of dialog practice cards and go sit down with their new partner to practice sentences based on the vocabulary they have just been practicing.

Call Sheets
Blank Bingo Sheet
3-letter Bingo

Today, as part of our lesson we will play Bingo.
Out of respect for some of your religious beliefs, let me make it clear that you don't have to play if you don't want. I'll be giving away a little prize but you don't have to accept it.
You win by being the first person to cover five squares in a row either up and down, sideways, or diagonally.
The free space is automatically covered.
In-between "calling out" (signing) the numbers, I'll show you vocabulary concepts.
If you win, I will give you the opportunity to show me five of the vocabulary concepts we learned between numbers.
If you can show me the five vocabulary concepts I will give you a prize.
Keep your voices off thanks. (Sign or write.)



(Insert related education standards here.)
(Insert related education objective here.)

STANDARD 0000 (sample)
Students will develop a knowledge of signs for (topic area).

Objective 0001 (sample)
Review the history of Sign Language, progression to communication systems of today, types of signed languages used in a variety of settings and trends for the future.

Objective 0002
Identify the major components of (_____)  and determine how each contributes to (___________).






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