Similar to other informal assessments, the 3-2-1 exit ticket encourages students to reflect upon and summarize their learning using a set of teacher-generated response prompts and/or questions.
What is 3-2-1 Exit Ticket?
The 3-2-1 exit ticket is an informal assessment that serves as a great tool for discovering what students “took away” from the lesson.
The exit ticket is divided into three parts: students first give 3 responses to a prompt, then 2 answers to a prompt, and then just 1 response to a prompt. (see image below)
It also works well as a quick review to see how well students retained previously-learned material.
Feedback provided from this data guides teachers during the lesson planning process as they’ll have a better understanding of what concepts require reviewing and which topics students have mastered.
How to Use the 3-2-1 Exit Ticket
At the completion of a lesson or at the start of a lesson review, tell students that they will reflect upon the activity.
Provide students with 3-2-1 exit ticket prompts to answer.
Collect the data, and check for understanding. Plan future lessons accordingly.
3-2-1 Exit Ticket Ideas
Following are a variety of 3-2-1 exit ticket ideas for various subjects.
3-2-1 Reading Response
|3||Traits you’d use to describe the main character of the story||3||Facts learned from the lesson|
|2||Significant settings from the story||2||Text features that helped you comprehend the text better|
|1||Prediction of what you think will happen in the next chapter||1||Question about a part that was confusing|
|3||Elements of a good piece of writing|
|2||Types of leads for beginning a piece of writing|
|1||Area in which you’d like to improve upon|
|3||Action verbs in the text|
|2||Proper nouns in the selection|
|1||Example of a compound sentence found in the text|
General (All Subjects)
|3||Interesting things you learned today|
|2||Ways you can improve|
|1||Thing you would like the teacher to clarify|
|3||Outer planets||3||Organelles found in an animal cell|
|2||Characteristics of Venus||2||Types of cells|
|1||Question you still have about any of the planets||1||Function of mitochondria|
|Geography||Branches of Government|
|3||States in the Southern United States||3||The branches of government|
|2||Two capital cities in the U.S||2||Responsibilities of the executive branch|
|1||State that’s part of the New England region||1||Duty of the judicial branch|
|3||Attributes of this person||3||Important roles of the principal|
|2||Questions you’d like to ask this individual||2||Responsibility of the nurse|
|1||Similarity between you and this person||1||Way to contribute as a good school citizen|
|Problem Solving||Number Sense|
|3||Clues that helped you solve the problem||3||Prime numbers|
|2||Strategies that you applied||2||Composite numbers|
|1||Confusing part that you figured out||1||A number that’s neither prime or composite|
|3||Types of triangles||3||Methods for solving multiplication tables|
|2||Names of quadrilaterals||2||Examples of using multiplication in the real world|
|1||Shape with only one set of parallel sides||1||Tip or trick for solving more difficult multiplication facts|
3-2-1 Exit Ticket Digital
|3||“A ha” moments you experienced while completing the online assignment|
|2||Online brain breaks you enjoyed|
|1||tech issue that slowed your progress a bit|
3-2-1 Exit Ticket Worksheet Templates
The 3-2-1 exit slip works well for students of all ages. Start using these powerful 3-2-1 exit ticket worksheet templates in your classroom this week.
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Download these 3-2-1 exit tickets PDF style here.
The 3-2-1 exit ticket is a quick informal assessment that encourages students to reflect upon and summarize their thoughts.
Keep these 3 2 1 exit ticket ideas in your assessment toolkit as they’re simple to implement yet very effective in collecting data to help guide instruction.
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