Teacher of lesson:
Lesson Topic/Subject: Deafness
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Estimated Time: 30 minutes
VIDEO WITHOUT SOUND
- Students will watch part of a movie with
no sound and then discuss what they thought happened.
- Students will watch the same part of the
movie again with sound and then discuss the differences between what they
thought happened and what really happened.
- Students will realize the importance of
hearing for clear understanding.
- TV and VCR
- tape of Winnie the Pooh and a Day for
- First, explain to the students that you
have an exciting movie for them to watch, Winnie the Pooh. Tell the students
that they are actually only going to watch part of Winnie the Pooh. They
are going to watch it without any sound, just like a deaf person might
have to watch a movie without being able to hear it.
- Explain that when deaf people watch TV
they have to guess what is going on by just watching closely. Sometimes
they can read subtitles but not all shows have those.
Sequence of Instruction
- Play the tape for about 5 minutes.
- After watching part of the movie without
sound, ask the students to tell you what they think happened. Ask them
how they felt about watching a movie without sound.
- Now, explain that you are going to show
the same part of the movie again, and this time they will get to listen
to the sound.
- After watching the movie with the sound,
ask the students to tell you if they realized that they had missed some
things the first time they watched it. How was watching the movie without
sound different from watching it with sound? Were they able to understand
it better with sound? Was it more exciting, and if so, why?
- Discuss with the students the difficulties
that deaf people might have while watching TV or going to the movies. Ask
them if they can think of any other times when hearing is necessary for
clear understanding. Explain to the students that deaf people can usually
communicate with each other clearly because they use their own language,
sign language. However, unfortunately, not very many hearing people know
sign language. Therefore, in most situations deaf people have a very difficult
- Explain to the students that you are very
glad they all had the chance to learn some sign language. Now, they might
be able to communicate with a deaf person. Suggest to them that some of
them might be interested in learning even more words in sign language on
their own by looking in sign language books.
EVIDENCE OF STUDENTS ACHIEVING OBJECTIVES:
- Students will express what they thought
happened while they watched the tape without sound by retelling it as best
- Students will express what new things
they realized when they watched it with sound by telling about parts that
they understood more clearly with the sound.
- Students will show that they understand
the importance of hearing when trying to communicate by thinking of other
times other than watching TV that deaf people might have difficulty understanding.
- If students are not volunteering information
when discussing what happened during the movie without sound, use leading
questions to get them started. Here are three examples: 1. What did Pooh
discover about the pine cone when he dropped it in the river? 2. What do
you think Pooh, Piglet, and Rabbit were looking for on the other side of
the bridge? 3. Why did Pooh drop the big stone right on top of Eeyore?
- Do the same when discussing other areas
of communicating that deaf people might have trouble with if needed. Example
leading questions for this would be:
1. Could a deaf student understand the directions to an assignment if the
teacher just said them out loud to the whole class?
2. How could a deaf person carry on a telephone conversation?
- How did the students react to this lesson?
- Was Winnie the Pooh a good choice for
watching without sound?
- What would I change in the future?
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