Feb 26, 2019
Connect Your Bell Ringer Activity to Literacy
Teachers often look for activities for students to do as they enter the classroom right when the bell rings. A favorite bell ringer activity of mine is “My Favorite No.” This video from the Teaching Channel shows this strategy in an 8th grade math class, and there are a number of ways this can be modified for the literacy classroom, depending on the focus of the day.
Instead of presenting the students with a math problem:
- In the middle of a novel unit? Compose 2-3 quick reading check questions to revisit key points of the reading and discussion from the previous day and launch the students into the day’s work.
- Starting a new story or poem? Compose 2-3 quick background knowledge check questions to gauge student knowledge of a time period, place, vocabulary words, or concept.
- Working on writing or grammar? Ask students to compose (or pick out of their writing in process) a type of sentence, or a sentence with certain elements in it to share.
- Engaging in Tier 2 vocabulary words? Ask students to illustrate a vocabulary word that they’ve been working with. Or give an example of a literary device.
Laura Johnson is a literacy consultant for Grant Wood AEA.