Ways to close a lesson

On my recent prac, I often found myself wondering how to best close a lesson. The end of the lesson provides a great opportunity to review learning, model exemplary work and ascertain whether anything needs to be focused on before proceeding in the next lesson. But sometimes, finding the right activity to do can be hard. I find myself falling into the same rhythms – in literacy, having students present their work, or reflect on what they learnt, and for maths, playing consolidation games. But what are some other things you could do to consolidate learning at the end of a lesson?


Students must list 3 things they learned, 2 things they have a question about, 1 thing they want the Teacher to know

Exit Pass

Student must reflect on their learning before being allowed to leave the room. You could also give them a content-related problem to work out to check for understanding.

K-W-L Chart

These tend to be used at the beginning of a unit of work, but putting it at the end of a lesson is just as useful. Student list everything they KNOW about a topic under K. They then generate a list of questions that they WANT TO KNOW the answer to. Then any new information LEARNT is recorded under L.

Pick a Card

Students write a question relating to the lesson onto index cards. Cards are then placed into a jar. Teacher picks a student to draw a card and try to answer it. You can mix this up but getting them to then pick another student who must explain whether they agree, disagree or have something to add.


Students write news headlines relating to the topic or lesson and share with the class.


Teachers gives the answer and students must come up with a relevant question. Mini whiteboards are good for this exercise.

Semantic Mapping

Pick a concept or phrase from the lesson and get students to map out any corresponding concepts or phrases.

Quick Doodles

Students use mini whiteboards to draw 3 quick doodles that link to what they learnt in the lesson.


Students write one thing they learnt on a scrap piece of paper. They then scrunch it up and on the signal, throw it into the air. Each student then picks up a nearby response to share with the class.


Students are given a footprint on which to write. They need to write down any knowledge or skills that they are ‘walking away with’ from the lesson.


Students are given a card to write a postcard to their parents explaining what they learnt.

Credit to Kristine Lindeblad for many of these ideas! 


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