The end of the lesson should not be a mad rush to get everything packed away. The end of the lesson should be used to assess the success of the lesson and see what the students learnt to help shape future lesson. This series of post will list a huge number of plenaries for you to use in your classroom as part of your teaching. Let me know your favourites in the comments.
#1 Ask the experts
Pick a handful of students to sit at the front of the class. Choose students to ask them questions about what they have learnt in the lesson. If time swap the people in the chairs at the front.
#2 Correct the Student
Give each student a summery statement written by a student about the lesson. This can be made up or got from a different class. Students must go through the statement and correct any errors within it.
#3 Guess the Question
Provide students with answers. Their job is to try and work out what the original question was.
#4 Topic Tennis
Split students into pairs. The teacher starts off by saying a topic and the students must take it in turns to say words to do with the topic. If one of the students stutters or says something incorrect the other player gets a point.
#5 Missing Students
Get students to write a letter/message to a student who was missing from class today (pretend that someone is missing if need-be). The message should explain what they have missed and explain what they need to learn. If a student was actually missing from the lesson you can get students to send them the message.
#6 Numbered Sentence
Ask a student to pick a number between 5-15. Students must write a sentence about the key learning points of the lesson using exactly that many words.
#7 What I still Need to Know
Ask students to write down any questions they need answered in the next lesson. It could be something they didn’t understand or they want more detail on it. Students can then try and answer each others questions. The teacher can answer any unanswered questions at the end.
Ask students to write a Tweet like they would do on Twitter. Students must keep it below 140 characters. Encourage students to use # and emoji’s as well as tagging people in their posts.
#9 True or False
Either using coloured cards or simply just standing up and sitting down. Give students a statement and they must decide if it is true or false. You can even do this as a knockout competition.
#10 That’s a rap
Get students to make a rap/poem about the lesson. If time and if students are feeling brave, get them to perform them to the rest of the class.
If you like these check out my lesson starter ideas for more inspiration when planning your lesson