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3-2-1 Summary


Students summarize learning and think deeply about content.


  • 3-2-1 Summary handout
  • 3-2-1 Summary template (English/Spanish)
  • Notebook paper (if handout is projected)


  1. Project or distribute the 3-2-1 Summary handout.
  2. Students write 3 things they learned.
  3. Students write 2 examples, applications, or inferences about what they learned.
  4. Students write 1 question or draw 1 conclusion about what they learned.
  5. Students turn in their 3-2-1 Summaries as an exit ticket.
  6. Evaluate students’ 3-2-1 Summary responses and clarify/verify as appropriate.

Classroom Management

  • Model the strategy using a think-aloud.
  • Time Saver: Project the template and ask students to record their 3-2-1 Summary on notebook paper.


  • Promote access by providing an idea/word bank for each section.
  • Provide response support by allowing students to dictate responses to a scribe and providing thinking stems to frame responses.
  • Provide response support by allowing students to use a speech-to-text or word prediction support with a digital version of the 3-2-1 Summary template.

Think It Up!

  • Have students think more deeply about the concept by responding to a Think It Up prompt as an exit ticket or journal entry:
    • Share your summary with another student and add one new idea to any section.
    • Get a partner and apply what you know to help answer each other’s “1” question.
  • Encourage students to use lead4ward’s Thinking Stems (English/Spanish) to frame their responses, if needed.