Sign Language Dictionary

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line up

Line up in Sign Language

Learn how to sign line up – it is a very helpful sign for classroom management!

1. Start with both hands up and in an open position. The hand closest to you should have the thumb nearest your body. Then touch the thumb of the
second hand to the pinky of the first hand. This is a line of people.
2. You can show a long line of people by moving the hand furthest from you a few inches forward.
3. An alternate to this sign is to show a line going the other way – straight across. Hold both hands in front of you, palms out, and the thumbs tucked just slightly in. Touch the sides of your thumbs together and then pull your hands apart several inches.
4. Either way you do this sign it looks like a line of people ready to go! Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Games for preschool children that teach basic social expectations are so important! Choose a couple of children (or adults too if you don’t have enough kids!) to demonstrate how to line up quietly and safely. Use the sign to support the concept.
  • At first you can voice the phrase “line up” and sign at the same time. After you are sure children understand the concept, try giving the direction with no voice and just the sign. See how well they do following it!

Line up. Your hands show a long line of people. You can line up this way, or you can line up this way. Line up!