Sign Language Dictionary

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beaver

Beaver in Sign Language

Learn how to sign beaver by re-creating one of this animal’s most unique attributes – the teeth!

1. Bring hands up to about shoulder height.
2. The hand shape for this sign is a bit unusual. Start by holding up your pointer and middle fingers on each hand, while tucking all the other fingers in. (like the “peace” sign).
3. Next, crook the pointer and middle fingers down. Tap fingers on the opposite side a few times – pointer finger to pointer finger and middle finger to middle finger.
4. This sign looks like the beaver’s teeth as it gnaws on a piece of wood. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

• Sign language can be a tool used in fun learning games for kids. For instance, sign “beaver” and then ask your child to name all the things they know about beavers.

• Make up a story together about beavers and sign the word each time you say it.

Transcript

Beaver. Show the beaver’s teeth gnawing on wood. Beaver.