Five Finger Test For Reading News Story

Zarish Farhan | Staff Correspondent TBT | Beaconhouse Walton Campus

Lahore: Margaret Fuller once said, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”. After a successful Readathon Week, Beaconhouse Walton Lower Primary devised a strategy to instil the love of reading called the ‘Five Finger Test’. In this test, students were asked to select a book, open a random page and read. Students were asked to count the numbers of words they didn’t know on their fingers. They then had to judge the level of the book for independent reading by the number of fingers opened! The scale was set according to the following: if there were no fingers to count, the book was too easy, one finger meant it was comfortable, two fingers showed perfect choice, three fingers meant that they might need help to read the book, four fingers showed that it’s a tough book to read and five fingers meant that it’s very difficult and an adult should be consulted to read it aloud, or choose another book. With the help of this strategy, students were able to make an informed decision and chose books they could read independently and enjoy at the same time.

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