Sign Language Dictionary

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Moon in Sign Language

Learn how to sign moon and practice it each time you see it in the sky.

1. Curl your thumb and pointer so they make a crescent shape – much like the outline of a crescent moon. Tuck the remaining fingers of that hand into the palm.
2. Place the thumb of that hand near the corner of the eye and then up and away from the head a few inches.
3. This sign looks like you are seeing the moonrise in the sky. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • If you can, visit a planetarium or a science or children’s museum with a sky display. See if you can find the moon and practice the sign for it while you learn all about outer space.
  • Learning activities for kids that use favorite children’s literature are a great way to practice signs. Find the book “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. Each time the word moon appears in the story, or you see a moon in the illustrations, practice the sign. What other books can you find where there are lots of mentions of the moon?

Moon. Your thumb and pointer make the shape of the moon over your eye. Then raise it up in the sky! Moon. Let’s sign moon.