Sign Language Dictionary

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Shark in Sign Language

Learn how to sign shark. They’re fun to watch from a safe place!

1. Hold one hand straight up in front of you, palm flat, and the thumb faces you. This is the shark fin.
2. With the other hand, hold palm down. Open the fingers between the middle and ring finger into a V-shape and insert the first hand into the space formed.
3. Keeping hands connected, move them forward in a side-to-side wave pattern.
4. This sign looks like a shark’s fin sticking out of the water as it swims along. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips:

  • Create a shark fin by cutting cardboard into a triangle and attach with string or a piece of elastic. Let your child pretend to be a shark while you practice the sign!
  • Play in early childhood education doesn’t have to stay indoors! Set up a water table outside and fill with ocean creatures. Encourage children to sign shark (and fish, whale, etc.) while they play.

Shark! Oooooo. Show his fin in the water. Shark!