One of my favorite closure activities is called Celebrity Summaries. I made up cards that look like the one shown, with a variety of celebrities. Make sure you choose celebrities your students will know. After placing students in small groups, I have them choose a card and develop a brief summary or review of the lesson from that celebrity's perspective. Today I had the opportunity to model this activity with teachers attending a workshop I gave on differentiated instruction in WV. Here are two of the summaries they developed and shared in the final five minutes of the day.
From Albert Einstein: DI = C(SL3) Translation -Differentiated Instruction equals creativity times student learning due to addressing 1. Learning profile, 2. Readiness level, 3. Student interest.
From Dr. Seuss:
Differentiation is easy, don't you see
Stand up, sit down, manipulate with me
Wikki Stix, sticky dots and HOT questions on the wall
We do our best to include them all!