Reflection: Exit Tickets Equal or Not? - Section 5: Closing and Exit Ticket


On days where I do a lot of partner work for the lesson, I like to have something students have to complete independently so I know exactly what that individual child knows.

The exit ticket I used follows a multiple choice format. I specifically chose a multiple choice format because multiple choice can be difficult for first graders, and exit tickets provide ongoing practice with basic test taking skills. 

I will warn you that this exit ticket is very tricky! Students often circle 13+1 because they see the 13 and the 1 in both equations. During this lesson, the majority of my students circled that answer. This allowed for a great discussion about WHY 13+1 is not equal to 13-1 even though the 2 numbers are the same. We modeled it in pictures and discussed why the + and - make such a big difference!

This exit ticket illuminated their misconception about equality and gave me the chance to "nip it in the bud". I like to budget a few extra minutes anytime I give an exit ticket so I can have time for this kind of discussion if need be. 

  Exit Tickets: The Why and Analysis
  Exit Tickets: Exit Tickets: The Why and Analysis
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Equal or Not?

Unit 8: Understanding Equality
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT determine if two number sentences are equal.

Big Idea: Students play an interactive game and practice crucial math fluency in this lesson on the meaning of the equals sign.

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