This Choose the Right Way Sign Language lesson plan is a really fun way to get hands on (literally!) with the song and teach the kids actual ASL signs they will remember for a lifetime! It’s also a wonderful way to help teach the key message of this song that if we choose the right way we’ll be happy!
Head here to see more Choose the Right Way Singing Time Ideas for easy ways to teach this song!
Choose the Right Way Sign Language
How to Play:
Sing through Choose the Right Way (Flip Chart here) once before introducing your signs.
Tell the kids you hear a few special words in the song, and you want to add sign language to help you remember those special words. Can they copy you? Make the sign for “right”. Let’s try it with the song. Every time you sing right, let’s make this sign.
Continue singing through the song and adding a new sign after each verse.
When you’ve added all 4 signs, invite several children or one of the classes to come up front to sing with the signs! Everyone else follows along, too. Then, switch to new volunteers or a new class and repeat.
Choose the Right Way
Sign Language Signs Explained
Choose – Hold your thumb and pointer finger out and face them downward. Make a “pinching” action by bringing your thumb and pointer finger together. Just like if you were picking something small up out of the air in front of you.
Right – Point both pointer fingers out. Tap the right fist on top of the left fist. Your pointer fingers will be facing different directions forming a “V.”
Way – Hold both hands with your hands straight up and down with the fingers pointing straight forward. Hold your hands about hip height and close to your body. Move both hands forward in a straight direction away from your body.
Happy – Hold your right hand flat and close to your body. Move your hand upwards and inwards towards your body then upwards and outward moving away from your body. Like you’re drawing a “C” shape in front of you. Do this motion twice.
For more help to see the signs, check out this YouTube video where she shows all the ASL signs for the song!
- Shuffle the sign language cards and let a child come up to pick one. Teach them in the order they are selected!
- Sing through the song this time only singing the sign language words! Now, try again and skip singing the sign words.
- Can you sing the song twice as fast? Try it with singing and signing at double speed!
- For a challenge version, learn the entire song in Sign Language!
For another cute and easy singing time idea, see how to use hand actions to teach a song in our In My Father’s Hands Hand Actions lesson plan!
Choose the Right Way Sign Language Demo Video
Check out this short demonstration video to prepare for this activity! In this video, I demonstrate the 4 ASL signs used for this activity and how they fit into the song. Watch this video and try out the signs along with me!
Choose the Right Way Sign Language
Printable Lesson Plan
You’ll have so much fun teaching these 4 simple ASL Sign Language Signs while teaching Choose the Right Way song with these printable song helps! The printable includes a quick 1-page with the 4 ASL signs to teach in 1/4 page sizes.
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Head over next to see our Choose the Right Way Hidden Picture lesson plan for a fun and creative way to teach the message of the song!
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