Check students’ understanding of a science lesson using these science exit tickets.
Science exit tickets serve as informal assessments that quickly gauge what learners “took away” from a lesson.
They further supply valuable data that offers feedback and guides instruction.
Here you’ll discover the best science exit tickets for use in any classroom.
Related: See a variety exit ticket ideas for all subjects.
Science Exit Tickets
The 3-2-1 exit ticket fits well with science and social studies topics.
First, think of three exit slip questions and/or prompts that will effectively elicit the type of feedback needed from students.
Write one question or prompt to the right of each number.
Have students write responses in their reader response notebooks or provide a template.
- Find small magnetic letters, or write letters on notecards (one letter per notecard).
- Place the letters in a bag and shake.
- Have a student draw one letter from the bag. Let’s say he draws the letter “S”.
- That student must now state a word that begins with the letter “S”. The word must connect to a significant idea or concept learned during the lesson.
- Call on a few students to pull a letter from the bag. If someone pulls the same letter, he/she must say a different word.
If the science lesson covered the three states of matter, a student might say…
Solid. A solid is a state of matter that holds its shape.
Anchor Chart Graphic Organizers
Create a few anchor chart graphic organizer templates like K-W-L, T-chart, Venn diagram, etc.
At the conclusion of a science lesson, students record on a sticky note their response to a science exit ticket prompt or question.
They then place it in the appropriate spot of the anchor chart.
Gently toss a light ball (or bean bag) to a student, and he/she shares one thing learned during the science activity.
Rinse and repeat with other students.
For more engagement, play music while the ball is tossed. When the music stops, whoever has the ball is the one to respond to the science exit ticket prompt.
This is arguably one of the most exciting science exit tickets for students.
Distribute a sticky note to each student.
Each writes one connection (text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world) he/she had while reading a science or social studies text.
Distribute a list of exit ticket questions/statements to students.
Pair students: Student A and Student B.
Partners alternate asking/stating one question/prompt. Walk around, monitor, and listen for any interesting responses.
The goal for the teacher is to gather a general idea of how well learners absorbed key ideas of the science lesson.
Get the Gist
In 10-15 words or less, students write the summary of the lesson.
I Have the Answer. Who Has the Question?
Give an answer connected to the day’s science lesson.
Whichever student or small group raises its hand first, providing an appropriate question, has the opportunity to transition to the next activity or be dismissed first.
Teacher: Baton Rouge.
Student: What is the capital of Louisiana?
Teacher: The powerhouse of a cell.
Student: What are mitochondria?
At the closing of the lesson, students jot down or sketch any important ideas from the lesson in their science journals.
Review journals for trends and patterns among learners’ thoughts and thinking processes.
Before “taking off” for the day, students record two questions, concerns, or comments about the day’s science activity.
Sketch and Caption
In their science or social studies journals, students sketch the main idea of the activity.
They’ll label their sketch with a clear and descriptive caption.
Tic-Tac-Toe Graphic Organizer
The Tic-Tac-Toe science exit ticket prompts students to make connections among concepts.
The procedure is as follows…
- Students fill the graphic organizer with key terms.
- Afterward, they write five meaningful sentences using the words.
- The statements must include 3 words straight down from any column, from any diagonal, or straight across in any row.
- As a group of three words is used, the students cross it out. The same set of three words cannot be used twice.
- A term is allowed to be used again only if it’s within another group of words.
Students write a key science term in the middle of the Four Square exit ticket graphic organizer.
They then define the word, write its characteristics, and sketch/write one example plus one non-example.
Final Thoughts: Science Exit Tickets
The task of collecting valuable data is now easier using these helpful science exit tickets.
They provide essential information that helps teachers adapt lessons to students’ needs so that they continue to progress towards mastering learning objectives.
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