Sign Language Basic Sentences


These Sign Language Basic Sentence cards help eliminate language barriers and ensure that every student has an equal chance to succeed in today’s global classroom. Non-verbal students now have the tools to communicate their thoughts and feelings, advocate for themselves, and form meaningful relationships with their peers. The ripple effects of the school community coming together via language go well beyond the classroom, leading to a more empathetic and welcoming society for all people.


Imagine every student, regardless of their ability to speak, can communicate confidently with everyone around them – from the cafeteria workers who serve them lunch to the teachers who educate them and the bus drivers who safely take them home. Picture a set of Sign Language Basic sentence cards that unlock the power of language, making it accessible to non-verbal students and ASL users alike. These visual communication cards are not just a tool; they are a bridge that connects children’s wants, needs, and opinions with the world around them.

The Basic Sentences communication cards are a game-changer for non-verbal students, allowing them to express themselves effectively and confidently in English and American Sign Language (ASL). Each card features an English sentence and its corresponding ASL sentence, complete with illustrated signs for visual cueing. (Metal ring not included.)


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Basic Sentences:

  • 27 English Sentence Cards
  • 27 ASL Sentence Cards
  • 2 Editable Cards
  • Teacher Assessment Chart




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The power of communication lies within 54 visual communication cards encompassing children’s fundamental needs, wants, and opinions. For non-verbal students and ASL users, these cards are a lifeline to the world, allowing them to interact meaningfully with peers and adults alike. From simple introductions like “My name is __” to inquire about others’ names, “What is your name?”, these cards facilitate connections and foster a sense of belonging for every student.

One of the key benefits of these visual communication cards is their inclusivity. By presenting each sentence in both English and ASL versions, they effectively build a bridge between the two languages, promoting bilingualism and empowering students to express themselves in complete sentences. From stating their emotions, such as “I am excited,” “I am sad,” or “I am happy,” to expressing their needs, like “I am hungry” or “I need help,” the students can now communicate with confidence and clarity.

The effectiveness of these communication cards lies not just in the words they convey but in the additional guidance they offer. The ASL sentence cards come with hints on utilizing facial expressions to add ASL grammar, enriching the communication experience and making it more nuanced and expressive. These cards offer phrases for seeking clarification and cooperation, such as “Can you repeat that, please?” or “Can I have a break, please?” enabling students to engage in conversations and navigate various social situations actively.

Communication Cards:

  • My name is __.
  • What is your name?
  • I am finished.
  • I am not finished.
  • I need more time, please.
  • Can I have a break, please?
  • I am hungry.
  • I am tired.
  • I am excited.
  • I am sad.
  • I am happy.
  • Can you repeat that, please?
  • I did not hear you.
  • Let me try.
  • My turn.
  • Your turn.
  • It’s too loud.
  • Can I move, please?
  • Can you help me, please?
  • I need help.
  • What did you say?
  • What do you want to eat?
  • What do you want to do?
  • What do you want to play?
  • Which work do you want?
  • Which job do you want?
  • Can I have water?

The impact of these cards goes beyond the school’s walls. With newfound communication skills, non-verbal students can confidently communicate with cafeteria workers about their food preferences, thank their teachers for their guidance, and quickly request assistance from bus drivers. These cards foster a more inclusive and understanding school environment as their peers learn alongside them, embracing the richness of ASL and promoting empathy and acceptance.

In a world where effective communication is paramount, these Sign Language Basic Sentences cards break down barriers and enable every student to participate fully. With the power of language now at their fingertips, non-verbal students can express themselves, advocate for their needs, and connect with others in a once elusive way. As the school community unites through language, the benefits extend beyond the classroom, creating a more compassionate and inclusive society.

5 Reasons to Start Using These Conversation Cards :

These sentences are designed to communicate the basic needs of a student as well as teach politeness/kindness when talking with teachers and students.

  • Students increase their vocabulary knowledge.
  • Children learn to form sentences with their words.
  • Learn to communicate in complete sentences.
  • Children learn how to ask for things respectfully.
  • Students learn to share their thoughts and feelings about a topic.

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