The Best Science and Social Studies Exit Ticket Ideas You’ll Love

Checking for understanding just became easier with these social studies and science exit ticket ideas.

Exit tickets are informal assessments that quickly gauging what learners “took away” from a lesson.

They further supply valuable data that guides your instruction, serves as feedback, plus doubles as documentation.

Here you’ll discover the best exit ticket ideas for science and social studies topics that you can use right away.

Related: Be sure to check out the complete collection of exit ticket ideas for the elementary classroom.

The Top Science & Social Studies Exit Ticket Ideas

3-2-1 exit ticket summarizer


The 3-2-1 exit ticket fits well with science and social studies topics.

First, think of 3 exit slip questions and/or prompts that will most effectively elicit the type of feedback you need most from students.

Write one (1) question or prompt to the right of each number.

Have students write responses in their reader response notebooks or provide a template.

ABC Summary

You’ll need small magnetic letters or letters written on note-cards (one letter per notecard).

Place the letters in a bag, and shake ’em up!

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.

For example, if the day’s lesson covered the 3 states of matter, the student might say…

Solid. A solid is a state of matter and holds its shape.

Allow 2 or so more students to pull another letter from the bag.  If someone pulls the same letter, he/she must say a different word.

Mentally note of how students are responding.

Ideally you’ll need to do ABC summary a few days in a row in order to hear from each learner at least once.

Anchor Chart Graphic Organizers

Create a few anchor chart graphic organizer templates such as K-W-L (nonfiction schema learned), T-chart (fact/opinion), and Venn diagram (compare/contrast).

At the conclusion of a lesson, students simply record their response on a sticky note and place it in the appropriate place on the anchor chart.

Ball Toss

Gently toss a light ball (or bean bag) to a student, and he/she shares one (1) thing learned during the activity.

Rinse and repeat with other students.

For more engagement, play music while the ball is tossed from child to child.

When the music stops, whomever has the ball is the one to respond to the exit ticket prompt.


Distribute a sticky note to each student.

Each writes one (1) deep connection (text-to-self, text-to-text, or text-to-world) he/she had while reading a science or social studies text.

Exit Interview

Distribute a a list of questions/statements to each student.

Pair students: Student A and Student B.

Partners alternate asking/stating one (1) question/prompt. Walk around, monitor, and listen for any interesting responses.

Your goal is to gather a general idea of how well learners absorbed key ideas of the lesson.

Get the Gist

In 10-15 words or less, students write the summary of the lesson.

This social studies and science exit ticket idea can be pretty challenging for struggling learners.

Therefore, model it with learners a few times before having them use the strategy independently.

Related: See other literacy exit ticket ideas that seamlessly integrate with science and social studies texts.

I Have the Answer. Who Has the Question?

This social studies and science exit ticket idea works well as a whole group or small group activity.

Ideally, use it as you’re preparing to transition students to another activity or dismiss them for the day.

Here’s how it works…

Give an answer connected to the day’s science or social studies 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?

Journal Entry

At the closing of the lesson, give students about 10 minutes to jot down or sketch any key ideas from the lesson.

Support struggling learners by providing question or statement stems.

Review journals for trends and patterns among learners’ thoughts and thinking processes.

Passport Out

Before “taking off” for the day, students record 2 questions, concerns, or comments about the day’s science or social studies activities.

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 social studies and science exit ticket idea prompts students to make connections among concepts.

The procedure is as follows…

Students fill the graphic organizer with key terms.

Afterwards, 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 student crosses it out.

The same set of three words cannot be used twice.

However, a term is allowed to be used again only if it’s within another group of words.

What It Is…What It Isn’t Science Exit Ticket Idea

Grab a concept map graphic organizer like the one seem below for this science and social studies exit ticket idea.

concept map

You’ll only use the last row of the chart.

Ask students to sketch or write one (1) example and one (1) non-example of a social studies or science vocabulary word.


If studying the 4 seasons, and the term is “spring”, the student may sketch a flower blooming.

A non-example drawing or phrase could be a bed spring.

Try These Science and Social Studies Exit Ticket Ideas

The task of collecting valuable data is now made easier with these quick and easy social studies and science exit ticket ideas.

They’ll provide good information to help you adapt lessons to your learners’ needs so that they continue to progress towards mastering the learning objectives.

Be sure to pencil in 1 or 2 of these helpful informal assessments when drafting your next lesson plan.