Signs for FIVE (5)

Meaning: Equivalent to the sum of two and three; one more than four, or half of ten; 5.

Note: The palm orientation should face toward the signer for a cardinal number. For time, age, and others, palm orientation should be facing outward.

Related signs that are anything to do with "five": NICKEL (five cents), FIVE STAR, FIVESOME or QUINTET, FIFTY-FIVE (55), QUINTUPLE, FIVEFOLD (five times), PENTAGON (five-sided shape), PENTAGRAM (five-pointed star), PENTACLE (five-pointed star within a circle), PENTAD (a group of five).

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL writing for FIVE

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Deaf Culture and tidbits

Vocabulary Activity

In ASL class, this one of some handshape-based vocabulary activities is a great review activity for the mid-term exam and final exam. I split my students into trios or fours and have them list as many dominant-handed 5-handshape words as possible for a limited time (3-5 minutes).

Typical ASL signs or words in ASL 111/101: FIVE (of course!), FINE, SLOW, DETEST, ...


Fun Trivial Game

If you take any number, double it and add ten, divide by two and then subtract your original number, the remaining number will always be five.

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