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Bell Ringers Made Easy. Jennifer Payne, CSCOPE Consultant Laying ground work…. Where will the student keep work? Does work every go out of the room? What kind of time do bell ringers take? How are kids managed/monitored? What benefits come from bell ringer activities?.

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bell ringers made easy

Bell Ringers Made Easy

Jennifer Payne, CSCOPE Consultant

laying ground work
Laying ground work…
  • Where will the student keep work?
  • Does work every go out of the room?
  • What kind of time do bell ringers take?
  • How are kids managed/monitored?
  • What benefits come from bell ringer activities?
what are bell ringers
What are Bell Ringers?
  • Frame s class time (bell to bell instruction)
  • Every second is precious.
  • Transitions are not written off time.
  • Even three minutes can make the difference in instruction.
  • Ask yourself…Do I have access to bell ringers in my current curriculum?
why use bell ringers
Why Use Bell Ringers?
  • Transition from hallway leisure to classroom learning
  • RAP a lesson
    • Review And Preview
  • Teacher Duty Time
    • Attendance
    • Student Needs
    • Shuffle
  • Focus students on the


management monitoring
  • Folders/Journals/Learning Notebooks kept in classroom
  • Standard form for completing the Bell Ringer
  • They are collected and graded every 5th class period.
    • Completeness
    • Participation
    • Accuracy
  • If a student is absent, they can copy the prompt from a neighbor
task of bell ringers
TASK of Bell Ringers
  • What do we expect of bell ringers?
    • Purposeful
    • Content based
    • Thought out
    • Engaging
    • Students can manage
  • You can monitor
  • Transitions during class period
  • Review
  • Preview
  • Work smart, not hard.
bell ringer ideas
Bell Ringer Ideas
  • Remember REVIEW and PREVIEW lesson.
  • Political Cartoons: Historical and Current
  • Video Clips
  • Coaching Questions
  • Games
  • Activities
  • Art and Images
  • Document pieces
  • Pre-assessment
  • This Day in History
  • Short Readings
  • Frayer Model
  • Graphic organizers
political cartoons
Political Cartoons
  • Use APPARTS or SOAPS to analyze cartoons


Place and Time

Prior Knowledge



The Main Idea



Occasion (Context)




cscope connection
CSCOPE Connection
  • This model communicates what message?
  • Graphics can be captured and used to launch prior knowledge.
video clips
Video Clips
  • KET Encyclomedia
  • TeacherTube; YouTube
coach questions
Coach Questions
  • Antitrust laws, designed to prevent monopolies in the United States, would most likely be implemented in which situation described below:
    • Several steel factories lay off employees in order to increase profits
    • A small company sells products or services under contract to a larger company.
    • A national bank buys up most smaller banks within a geographic area
    • Newspaper workers go on strike when contract talks with company officials fail
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Coach Questions
  • When rounding numbers , students use the place values to determine number rounded possibility. List two numbers you could round the following number.
    • 4567
  • During World War II, the United States experienced many shortages of resources.

Identify two shortages the United States experienced during World War II.

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CSCOPE Connection
  • Within lessons there are scaffolding questions.
  • Moves through Blooms
  • Places teachers as facilitator.
  • With your partner, play Paper, Rock, Scissors for 5 minutes and keep score of who wins each game, including the ties
  • Good introduction to the 3 Branches of Government/ Separation of Powers. After 5 minutes of play, wins and ties should be roughly equal….balance of power. And students can associate Paper with the Legislative branch, Rock with the Executive branch, and Scissors with the Judicial Branch
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CSCOPE Connection

Games and Activities inside lessons.

  • When teaching the Protestant Reformation, have the students create a Top 10 List of things they would change about their school. Relate this activity to Luther’s 95 Thesis.
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CSCOPE Connection

Fold books and graphic organizers

art and images
Art and Images
  • When analyzing images, ask students to try to put the image in context:
  • What is going on the in the image?
  • What is the subject(s) doing, thinking?
  • What message is the creator trying to convey? Is there bias?
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CSCOPE Connection

Some lessons offer art and images.

  • We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  • What are the six goals stated within the Preamble of the United States Constitution?
  • Restate these goals in your own words
recipe card for
Recipe Card for _______
  • What are ingredients
  • What are steps
  • Flow chart of steps within…
  • This could take the form of a short quiz, or a simple ID:

List 3 things you know about Native American culture.

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CSCOPE Connection
  • The puffer used what force to move the cup down the meter stick?
  • What force did the puffer have to overcome?
this day in history
This Day in History
  • The History Channel offers a minute video on their “Lead Story” in This Day in History.
  • Browse through different topics ranging from Old West, Disaster, Automobile, to World War II.
  • ______________ is as __________ as _____________
  • ___________________is to ________________ as

Sun is to the sky

short readings
Short Readings
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Paul Harvey: The Rest of the Story
frayer model
Frayer Model

Commutative Property