by Deanna Basile
I learned this game at a Silent Weekend when I was in the interpreter program. Lots of fun!
Have the class get into groups of 2 or 3, and hand each group a different Hand Shape card (I photocopied hand shapes from a book and cut them out, but there are cards you can purchase.) Have them keep the card face down until the start of the game. Each team should pick a “secretary” who has a pen and paper.
Set the clock for 1, 2, or 3 minutes (more time allotted for less skilled players). The students flip their cards, and have to come up with as many signs that use their hand shape as possible, and the secretary writes them down. For example, the “5” hand shape could be: “MOM”, “DAD”, “FINE”, etc.
When time is up, each group, in turn, presents the signs they found for their hand shape. For each correct sign, they get a point. Then, go around the class and let the other groups add signs they come up with, as well. For each sign they come up with, they get a point for their group. Each group takes a turn, and all the other groups get the chance to get points if they come up with signs the first group missed.
If it’s a small group, and you have lots of time, you can play 3 or 4 rounds. Tailor it to fit the skill level and time constraints.
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