Fist-to-Five or Thumb-O-Meter

Fist-To-Five is similar to a voting approach. The teacher asks a random student a question and the remaining class is asked to vote on their opinions of the answer that is given to show agreement or disagreement.

There are two ways of conducting this strategy, first is mainly aimed at more simple, or one word answers to questions where the students either put their thumbs up or down to indicate approval or disapproval, secondly, aimed at higher order thinking questions, students use their fingers to show their agreement or confidence in the answer, where a fist equals 0 and 1-5 fingers for a judgment on how accurate they think the answer is.


Image: Theriot L, September 2015, ‘ Fist to five Poster, Pintrest, viewed 18 April 2015, <;

Text:  Flaherty S, Newman L, 2012, ‘Questioning Strategies to Engage All Learners,’ Expeditionary Learning, pp. 1-2