Exit ticket questions and prompts are the very essence of exit tickets.

Without them, your goal of checking students’ understanding of the lesson is futile.

Exit ticket questions prompt students to show what they know by responding to a teacher-selected prompt. Based on this data, the teacher differentiates future lessons in order to optimize the learning process.

To save precious planning time, consider using this list of exit ticket questions and prompts as a guide.

Related: Want even more exit slip recommendations? Visit our varied collection of exit ticket ideas, all designed with the elementary teacher in mind.

Exit Ticket Questions

The following exit ticket questions are ideal for all subjects.

Tweak as needed to fit your teaching topic, learning objective, and learners’ needs.

  • How would you define… (Insert key concept from lesson. E.g. How would you define matter?)
  • You’re talking over dinner with your parents and they ask you what you learned in school today. What are two concepts you’d mention?
  • How can you apply a skill you learned today in real life?
  • Imagine a classmate is absent from class today. How would you explain the lesson to him/her?
  • What happens after (insert any sequential step, action, or event?)
  • How does something you learned during the lesson connect with a fact you already knew?
  • Today you worked in a small group activity. What was one (1) accomplishment of your group?
  • What about the topic would you like to know more about?
  • Which materials helped you to grasp the main point of the lesson today?
  • Today you worked with a partner. What’s one (1) positive from that experience?
  • In what situation would you use the skills or knowledge that you learned today?
  • Moving forward, what’s one (1) goal you have as it relates to (insert any topic or subject)?
  • Which part(s) of the lesson surprised you?
  • Think for a moment about what you learned in class today? How can you apply that knowledge to another class or subject?
  • In one sentence, what is the main idea of the story/video?
  • Which part of the experiment was most interesting?
  • On a scale of 1(poor) to 5 (great), how would you rate your understanding of the lesson?
  • What questions do you still have about (insert any subject or topic)?
  • How can you apply what you learned today to your own life in a meaningful way?
  • What could you have done to help yourself understand the lesson better?
  • One a scale of 1(poor) to 5(great), how much effort did you put forth today?
  • If you were creating a quiz about today’s lesson, what are 2 questions you’d include?
  • How would you briefly explain to someone in the grade right below you what you learned today about (insert any subject or topic)?
  • What activities would you have added to this lesson to make it more appealing?
  • Was the activity too slow, too fast, or “just right”? Explain.
  • How can the teacher make the concepts clearer or easier for you to comprehend?
  • If you were the teacher, which part of the lesson would you have omitted and why?
  • Which part of the lesson should the teacher review tomorrow?
  • What is one (1) action your teacher could do to help you grow?

Questions to Detect Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Which concept in (insert any subject or topic) is currently the most difficult for you?
  • What is one (1) question that you still have about the lesson?
  • During an upcoming class period, will you review…?
  • Which concept has been the most confusing for you?
  • What challenged you today and why?
  • Which parts of the lesson would you like for me to review tomorrow?
  • Which part of the activity has left you puzzled?
  • What is one (1) learning objective that you don’t 100% understand yet?
  • If you had to repeat the lesson right now, what actions would you change so that you were more engaged?
  • What is one (1) idea from the lesson that you still don’t understand 100%?
  • What is one (1) idea that you understand 100% from today’s lesson or from this week?
  • How do you relate what I taught today with something you already knew?
  • What is one (1) “aha” moment you had during the activity?
  • During the lesson, what was a turning point for you?
  • What is one (1) thing you’re proud of yourself for this week?
  • In what ways were you successful today?
  • What are two things from the lesson that you added to your schema today?

Reading Exit Ticket Questions

  • How is the text we read today similar to (insert any relevant text)?
  • What are two key facts that you gathered from the reading today?
  • What is the main problem in the story?
  • What’s a question you’d ask the author of the selection?

Math Exit Ticket Questions

  • Which strategy (ies) guided you in solving the math problem?
  • What new vocabulary term did you learn today in math? Define it.
  • What are the key mathematical ideas we discussed today?
  • What’s a question you still have about (insert any math skill or topic)?

Exit Ticket Prompts

Just as useful and powerful as exit ticket questions are exit ticket prompts.

These sentence starters encourage critical thinking and reflection.

Modify any to fit the needs of your students, your lesson objective, and topic.

  • What surprised me most about (insert any subject or topic) was…
  • My biggest desire in (whichever subject area) is…
  • Today’s lesson connects with the “real world” because
  • A thought that I didn’t have an opportunity to share today…
  • An idea about (insert any subject area) that is still roaming in my head is…
  • One (1) question I have about today’s lesson is…
  • I used to think…but now I know…
  • Two facts I learned about the topic…
  • I wonder…
  • With 1 = terrible and 10 = fantastic, rate your comprehension of today’s lesson.
  • I already knew that…
  • ____ (insert any topic, concept, or symbol) represents…
  • To prepare for the upcoming quiz/test, I need to…
  • ____ (insert any key concept or idea) means…
  • The most surprising part of the activity/book was…
  • So far, I notice…
  • When someone asks what I did today in (insert any subject area), I will say…
  • Based on the information I learned today, I infer..
  • One (1) lingering question I have…
  • This topic relates to the real world because…
  • Draw an emoji that represents your understanding of today’s activity.
  • I would like more information about…
  • My favorite part of today’s lesson was…
  • I now understand…
  • The topic (insert any subject, topic, or skill) relates to the real world because…
  • I wasn’t aware that…
  • The best part of today’s class was…
  • I wish my teacher knew…
  • An opinion I have about the topic…
  • The top 3 ideas I remember from today’s lesson…
  • Imagine you’re the teacher. Create a test question (w/answer) related to today’s activity.

Prompts to Detect Weaknesses

  • One part that confused me was…
  • I need more practice with…
  • One (1) area I’d like to improve upon is…
  • I just can’t seem to get the hang of…
  • An unanswered question I still have…
  • Something the teacher did today that didn’t work so well for me was…
  • I really didn’t understand…
  • Of all the lessons I participated in this week, I need the most support and feedback with…
  • I’m not sure about…
  • A weekly low…
  • I need to revisit…
  • Today’s cloudiest point in my mind…
  • I’d like to have more examples of…
  • I’m a little confused about…
  • I didn’t understand…
  • Two questions I still have about (insert any subject or topic) are ….
  • I need to research more about…
  • My least favorite thing about the activity was…

Prompts to Detect Strengths

  • Two things I learned today…
  • I work best when…
  • What helps me learn best is…
  • A point that’s really clear to me…
  • One (1) thing that squares with what I already know is…
  • I know I’m on the right track because…
  • An idea that made perfect sense to me today…
  • One (1) way today’s learning connects to something I’ve already learned is…
  • A weekly high…
  • Something new I learned today…
  • An activity that we did in class today that best fits my learning style is…
  • I’m very excited to learn more about…
  • One (1) success I had today during the activity…
  • An instructional technique that the teacher did today that aligns well with my learning style is…
  • My favorite thing about the activity was…

Reading Exit Ticket Prompts

  • An example of how the main character changed…
  • A text-to-text connection I have…
  • Two character traits that describe the main character and why…
  • A text-to-world connection I have…
  • An example of figurative language in the text is…
  • Two text features that helped me comprehend the text better…
  • A text-to-self connection I have…
  • While reading, I visualized…
  • Based on the last chapter, I predict the next…
  • The author’s purpose is…
  • My schema before I read was . . . , and now I understand . . .
  • While reading independently, the following text features helped me to understand…. because…

Math and Science Exit Slip Prompts

  • Read this problem, and tell me what your first step would be in solving it.
  • Describe a new strategy you learned.
  • Here’s one (1) way to solve the following math problem…
  • A main concept I discovered in science this week…
  • One (1) step of the scientific method that I’m having troubling with is…
  • I’m still trying to figure out…
  • Two amazing facts I learned from the experiment…
  • If were I to redo the science experiment, I would change…

General Exit Ticket Prompts

  • To summarize the lesson in one (1) sentence, I’d say…
  • Sketch a drawing that illustrates the most important concept you learned today.
  • The most important idea/concept I learned this week is…
  • A key element from today’s lesson…
  • Summarize today’s lesson in 15 words or less.
  • The goal of today’s lesson was…
  • A text message summary of today’s lesson…
  • Your best friend was absent today. Summarize today’s lesson for him/her in 25 words or less.
  • The most essential concept we discussed today…
  • The most important idea of the lesson is…
  • One thing I need my teacher to know about my understanding of (insert any subject or topic) is ….
  • A way the teacher can help me is…
  • The lesson could have been improved by…
  • One (1) suggestion for how today’s class could be improved is…

Wrapping Up – Exit Ticket Questions

Assessing what your students “took away” from the lesson shouldn’t be a hassle.

So save yourself time and headaches by using these exit ticket questions and prompts.

For more critical thinking questions, see exit ticket questions and prompts based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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