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5 Finger Comprehension Tips

Fiction Texts


Your child can retell the story using their 5 fingers.

Use the information below to help you.  


Thumb: Who: Characters

  • The characters in the story are…


Pointer: Where:

  • The setting (e.g. home, school, farm, park etc.)


Tall finger: When

  • Long ago, Last week………


Ring finger: Problem

  • Tell the problem in the story.


Little finger: Solution

  • Tell the resolution to the problem in the story. How was the problem solved?