Post quick activities that help students summarize the content of the day, reflect on what it means to them, connect it with other things they know, extend their understanding, and preview the content for the upcoming lesson here.

Closure activities provide students with opportunities to synthesize and consolidate what they have learned, reflect on how it connects to their lives and other things they have learned, and organize/package the information for long-term memory.

- A 1-page graphic organizer that I designed to help teachers understand the key components of closure - chericem1 chericem1

- In order to better meet students' needs, you need feedback about how the experiences you plan for them are affecting them. This sheet will help you to collect it

ABC Brainstorming Worksheet

- To help them remember important ideas from the day's lesson, students write a sentence or key word that begins with each letter of the alphabet.

- Put the main point of the lesson down the side of the worksheet and then have students use each letter as the beginning of a word or sentence that helps summarize key points of the lesson

- A good tool for helping students to think about how particular concepts affect different groups of people

- A good tool for helping students to synthesize individual components of a complex concept

- Use this type of tool to help students reflect on progress and next steps re: group projects and assignments

Foldables - Give students the last 15 minutes of the period to create a foldable graphic organizer to help them remember key concepts


Review Flip Book
Small Group Review Game
Essay Organizer

Inside of Essay Organizer

- Students trace their hands onto a sheet of paper, write the main idea of the lesson on the "palm" of the hand they have drawn, then list an important detail about the topic on each of the fingers. They can put their names on the wrist of the hand. Younger children may enjoy making turkeys out of these at Thanksgiving time.

Strategies for Formative Assessment - A host of interactive ideas for formative assessment--designed for CTE teachers, but useful in any subject area

- A simple way to help students focus on what they've learned

- Use this "ticket out" to engage students in the closure process by summarizing what they've learned, reflecting on what it means to them, connecting it to what they know, considering how they can apply it, and thinking about what they hope to learn during the next class

- This is particularly useful for helping students synthesize what they know about grammatical structures or process-based skills

- Good for helping students to compare and contrast concepts

Wows-Wishes-Words of Wisdom - Give each student 3 Post-it notes of different colors. On one of the colors, have students write down any "Wows!" or "aha" moments they experienced during the lesson. On the 2nd color, have students write down things that they wish you would change, and on the 3rd color, ask students to share "Words of Wisdom"--connections they've made or strategies that they thought of to help them remember key ideas from the day's experiences. Have them post these on the chalkboard (or on pieces of chart paper labeled with these headings and posted outside your door so the next class can read them before entering the room)