What is closure? Closure is the STUDENT summary of what has been learned in today's lesson. It involves active participation and is congruent to our daily objective. A lot of the time, it's the first thing to go when we are pressed for time, but it is one of the most invaluable tools for assessing student success.
Closure is work that is done by the students, not the teacher summarizing the key points of the lesson.
Here are a few active closure ideas. Let me know which ones you have tried! ~Kim
1. 3-2-1 – Students write down on a note card 3 things they learned from today’s lesson, 2 questions they have about the topic and 1 thing want the teacher to know from today’s lesson.
2. Quiz – Of course a teacher can create a quick multiple choice quiz to asses student’s understanding, BUT it’s more fun if students create their own quiz questions. Students can quiz each other or the teacher can compile all the quiz questions and create a quiz for the beginning of tomorrow’s lesson.
3. Journal Entry – Have students do a quickwrite or summary of what they learned.
4. Postcards – Have students write a post card to an absent student explaining the key ideas presented in the day’s lesson.
5. Pair/Share – “Tell the person next to you . . .” Have students verbally summarize main ideas, answer questions posed at the beginning of a lesson, and link both past and future lessons.
6. Doodles – Students can sketch or draw 3 concepts they learned from the lesson using words or images.
7. Gallery Walk – Students create a graphic organizer or infographic to represent their learning. Students then post them on the wall for students to get up and view different visual representations of understanding.
8. What’s Inside – This can be done individually, with a partner or in small groups. Students get a sealed envelope that contains a slip of paper with a topic, vocabulary word or problem written on it. Students then have to explain, describe, or solve the the contents of the envelope.
Remember, the closure of a lesson should be meaningful and is an opportunity for students to draw conclusions and show what they know.