Differentiated Instruction with Give Me 5 Strategy

Did I hear, “Give me five”?  When my students hear “Give me five”, they automatically know exactly what I am talking about.  At the beginning of the year or after introducing the strategy, they often refer to the hand that they drew like the one below.  My students have it attached in a notebook for easy access.  As time progresses and we use the strategy more, almost all students have committed the Give Me 5 strategy to memory and know exactly what to do when they hear the prompt.

Differentiating Instruction Made Simple

This strategy is often used used to get students thinking about their reading, and it is perfect for that.  It is also a versatile strategy that we use for EVERY subject.  We use it for math, spelling, writing, science, social studies.  You name it, we use it!

Give me 5

When this strategy is introduced, students trace their own hand and write the prompts.  This gives them ownership.  Students write the five prompts:

  1. What I see
  2. What it reminds me of
  3. What I know without being told
  4. What might happen next
  5. What it is mostly about

They then place their hand into a notebook, which we call their Brain Book.  Students know exactly where to find their Give Me 5 when it is needed.

Give me 5-2

What has just happened?

  1. Students have visualized, connected, inferred, predicted, and summarized/concluded using this one strategy.
  2. Learning has been differentiated because students are not asked to answer a specific question, yet reflect on their own learning.
  3. You have just gathered a formative assessment.

Do you use the Give Me 5 strategy?  What ways have you used it?

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  1. Laura Raganas says

    Have you created Culminating Activities for Fifth Grade Common Core Math like you have for the fourth grade? They are fantastic and would like the fifth grade, too. I purchased them on TPT and would be willing to purchase these as well!

    • Mandy Neal says

      I have not created Culminating Activities for Fifth Grade. It is something I may complete in the future, but unfortunately am limited with time right now. I am SO excited that you have found the 4th grade activities to be helpful!

  2. Karen says

    Thank you for sharing this idea. I am constantly looking for ways in which I can engage students in the love of reading. I have 6 and 7 year olds in my class who I believe could use this strategy as well.

    • Mandy Neal says

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I agree, 6 and 7 year olds could benefit from this strategy as well!

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