Hand Signals

Introducing the explanation and use of hand signals.

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1. Main/Central Idea Hold a fist (main idea) and dangle and wiggle fingers (details).
2. Significant Details Dangle and wiggle fingers (details)
3. Sequential/Order Relationships Say put things in order with one hand pounding on the open palm of the other hand while moving both hands from left to right.
4. Comparison Relationships Hold two hands up and facing forward the same way (similar). Then turn one of the hands the opposite way so that it faces towards you (different).
5. Causal Relationships Slap your left palm and say cause with your right hand and then bounce the right hand off away from the left hand  and say effect in an arc.
6. Knowledge of Vocabulary/Key Terms Point three fingers up like a W (word) and then three fingers down like an M (meaning).
7. Generalizations & Conclusions Hold you hand up in the air and pretend you are holding a crayon. Then draw in the air and clinch your fist (draw conclusions). 
8. Problem-Solution Relationships Scrunch both hands in front of your waste, tighten your face (problem) and then raise your hands in the air to celebrate (solution).
9. Multi-step Instructions/Directions Pat your hand downward moving it from left to right saying step, step, step, and then say directions.
10. Author’s Purpose, Views, & Arguments-Claims
  • Hold your hands up to your eyes like binoculars focusing in front of your of eyes (author’s point of view).
  • Point your finger straight out (author’s purpose).
  • Shake your finger as if you are scolding someone (author’s argument).
11. Knowledge and Use of Maps, Charts, & Graphs
  • Draw a shape of the US  in the air (map)
  • Draw a pie chart in the air (chart).
  • Draw and arrow moving the line up, down, then a straight diagonal to show (high score on a graph).
12. Literary Analysis
  • Say scene, scene, scene-plot while moving your hand left to right (plot).
  • Point to a pretend watch and say time and then hold both hands up together in front of you and split your hands shaping the whole room and say setting.
  • Scrunch both hands in front of your waste, tighten your face, and say (conflict/problem).
  • Hold your arms apart and then move them together to clasp your hands and say theme.

Character Traits

  • Hold to your head with both hands (characters think)
  • Bring your hands from your mouth outward (characters speak)
  • Hold your hands to your heart (characters feel/have emotions)
  • Move your hands from your heart outward to the group (characters relate to/interact with others)
  • Pretend you are walking (characters take action)
13. Research
     

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Video Examples of All Hand Signals

  1. Main/Central Idea

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  2. Significant Details

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  3. Sequential/Order Relationships

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  4. Comparison Relationships

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  5. Causal Relationships

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  6. Knowledge of Vocabulary/Key Terms

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  7. Generalizations & Conclusions

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  8. Problem-Solution Relationships

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  9. Multi-step Instructions/Directions

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  10. Author’s Purpose, Views, & Arguments-Claims

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  11. Knowledge and Use of Maps, Charts, & Graphs

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  12. Literary Analysis

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  13. Research

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