Many ELA classes begin with a bell-ringer task—a short exercise students complete in the first 3-5 minutes while the teacher takes care of attendance and other things. Journaling is a typical bell-work assignment. However, for the average middle or high school ELA teacher, this requires hours of work reading entries and leaving comments within 120-150 spiral notebooks every week. (TEACHER TIP: If it takes longer to assess a bell-work product than it does for students to create it, it’s time to reconsider the task!)
Consider alternative bell-ringer ideas that are faster to assess, provide an opportunity to practice recently-learned literacy skills, and jump start the class. Create tasks that are fun, exciting, and motivate students to dive in.
For a list of suggestions and execution tips, download the bell-ringer activities document.
|Subject||English Language Arts|
|Grade levels||4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade|
|Resource types||Assessments formative, Classroom Management, Independent practice, Literacy, Openers / Activating learning|
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|Is editable content included?||No|
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