Fist to Five

Type of strategy: AssessmentClosings and Wrap UpOpeners & Get to Know YouProcessing

Show level of understanding of a topic.

Directions: 

  1. Pose a topic or question.
  2. Remind students what the rating scale is. Fist shows no understanding. (I need to go over this again.) Three fingers show moderate understanding. (I think that I get it, but I am not completely comfortable.)  Five fingers show complete understanding. (Let me teach the topic myself.)
  3. Have the students rais one hand into the air.
  4. Count to five. On five, the students show their rating of their understanding. (This limits the influence that students have on one another when they self-evaluate.)
  5. Ask the students to show their level of understanding by showing a number of fingers on one hand to represent their level of understanding. Fist shows no understanding. (I need to go over this again.) Three fingers show moderate understanding. (I think that I get it, but I am not completely comfortable.)  Five fingers show complete understanding. (Let me teach the topic myself.)

Source: 

Fist to Five

Submitted by: Brian Hawkins