How to Conclude a Lesson Plan

Providing a Conclusion and Context for the Lesson

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The closure is the fifth step in writing a strong and effective 8-step lesson plan for elementary school students. After defining the Objective, Anticipatory Set, Direct Instruction, and Guided Practice, the Closure section provides a fitting conclusion and context for the student learning that has taken place.

What Is Closure in a Lesson Plan?

The closure is the time when you wrap up a lesson plan and help students organize the information in a meaningful context in their minds.

A brief summary or overview is often appropriate. Another helpful activity is to engage students in a quick discussion about what exactly they learned and what it means to them now.

Writing an Effective Closure in Your Lesson Plan

It is not enough to simply say, "Are there any questions?" in the Closure section. Similar to the conclusion in a 5-paragraph essay, look for a way to add some insight and/or context to the lesson. It should be a meaningful end to the lesson.

Look for areas of confusion that you can quickly clear up. Reinforce the most important points so that the learning is solidified for future lessons.

The closure step is a chance to do an assessment. You want to determine whether the students need additional practice, or you need to go over the lesson again. It allows you to know that the time is right to move on to the next lesson.

You can use a closure activity to see what conclusions the students drew from the lesson.

They could describe how they can use what they learned in the lesson. You can ask they to demonstrate how they would use the information in solving a problem.

The closure can preview what they students will learn in the next lesson and provide a smooth transition to the next lesson.

Examples of Closure in a Lesson Plan

  • Discuss new things that the students learned about plants and animals.
  • Summarize the characteristics of plants and animals and how they compare and contrast.
  • Ask what information from the lesson the students will find important three years from now and why.
  • Exit tickets: have the students write what they learned and any remaining questions on a slip of paper with their name. As they leave the class, they can place these in bins labeled as to whether they understood the lesson, need more practice or information, or need more help. These can also be simply labeled stop, go, or proceed with caution.
  • Ask the students to summarize the lesson to explain to someone who missed the class. Give them a couple of minutes and then either have them turn them in for you to read or have a few presented to the class.
  • Write several yes/no questions of key points from the lesson. Then pose them to the class for a quick thumbs up/thumbs down for each one. These yes/no questions will show how well the class understood those points. If there is confusion, you will know which points of the lesson need more clarification and reinforcement.
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