five finger rule

Hello Friends!
Just before the Thanksgiving break, I had parent-teacher conferences. The question I was asked over and over again was, “When we go to the library, how do I know what book my daughter/son should pick out?” Many of them mentioned that their children are eager to read chapter books, but that they are worried they aren’t comprehending the text.
I suggested that they tell their children to use the five finger rule.
I’m sure many of you’ve heard of this before. I made these little posters for my students to take home and hang on their refrigerators. You can grab them below in black and white and color. Enjoy!
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  • t. ulch November 30, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I love this and it is just what I have been thinking I need to do with my kids but should there be a 3 on the chart? Just wondering! I appreciate the freebie!

  • Jessica December 1, 2012, 4:48 am

    Thanks for the freebie! We are doing a parent literacy event and are sharing the "three finger" rule, which is basically the fiver finger rule without fingers 1 & 2 🙂

    Maybe I can convince everyone to change it just to have a cute graphic!

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  • vicky1970 December 1, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Hi Lyndsey,
    Those are great! Thanks for sharing. I love all your stuff – you are super talented!
    Vicky :o)
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  • Cindy Del Valle December 2, 2012, 3:13 am

    Oh my goodness! I love, love, love, love, love this! I always had the same question and would offer up the same answer. This little freebie is perfect. Thanks so much!

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  • Heather's Heart December 6, 2012, 2:55 am

    I love it! Thank you for sharing Lyndsey! You have such a giving heart! =)

    Heather's Heart

  • Tasha Whitt June 12, 2013, 9:32 pm

    I found you through the Charts & Chit Chat blog. I love this! I am a new resourece teacher for grades 2-5. This will be so helpful! I am a new follower. 🙂


  • Deb Thomas March 16, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Thank you for the great posters and sharing them with us!

  • Miss Liberry June 20, 2014, 12:42 pm


    I just want to thank you for your post. I was looking for a good picture of this rule, because I love it also. Nice job with your blog. I have posted the pic on my blog and linked it back to yours.


  • Inga August 23, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I've been looking for the five finger rule poster with no luck. I happened to come across yours on Pinterest. It is so attractive and perfect!

  • Johnvir dela cruz September 24, 2014, 1:03 am

    Many thanks! Just what I needed!

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  • Amber Unger August 22, 2015, 1:54 pm

    I was looking for a Five Finger Rule mini poster and this download is just PERFECT! Thank you for sharing your hard work!

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