180 Bell Ringers and Warm-ups for Economics

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These assignments can be used in an economics course to introduce, reinforce, or review concepts that will be or have been taught. Each bell ringer includes one or more thought-provoking questions about important economic concepts. PowerPoint and Google slides of each bell ringer are included so that you may display them using a projector or interactive board. A teacher summary of all bell ringers is also given, as well as an index of questions by topic.

***Updated for Digital Learning: A student version for Google Slides with answer boxes has also been included so that students can type answers directly on the slide when using a student device.

Classroom Uses

These activities can be used:

• As a way to help students focus and prepare for learning at the beginning of class

• As a starting activity to help students access their prior knowledge

• As discussion starters to engage students

• As end of class reviews to reinforce material covered

• As exit tickets

• As a daily review leading up to a standardized test or final exam

• To get ideas for discussion questions, free writes, and writing prompts

Items Included

• Teacher instructions

• Teacher summary of activities

• PowerPoint slides of activities

• Index of questions by topic

Concepts Covered

definition of economics, decision-making, goods, services, factors of production, entrepreneur, want, trade-offs, guns or butter, input, output, productivity, technology, specialization, division of labor, assembly line, efficiency, underutilization, production possibilities graph, economic systems, profit motive, competition, free enterprise, scarcity, capitalism, communism, property rights, government regulations, government regulatory agencies, government services, microeconomics, sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, franchise, assets, barriers to entry, market structures, economies of scale, antitrust laws, black market, commodity, demand, supply, elastic demand, durable and nondurable goods, economic indicators, employment, fringe benefits, types of unemployment, discouraged worker, underemployment, GDP, standard of living, business cycle, Great Depression, recession, depression, inflation, consumer price index, Federal Reserve, bank run, fiscal policy, market failures, currency, types of money, reasons for trade, trade deficit, trade imbalance, trade restrictions, sanction, embargo, foreign aid, immigration, barter system, medium of exchange, exchange rates, budget, FDIC, bank services, investments, loans, collateral, credit worthiness, credit score, credit cards, default, debt, bankruptcy, stock market, bear and bull market, diversification, Ponzi scheme, auto insurance, renters insurance, life insurance, types of taxes, importance of education, prosperity, poverty, interpreting quotes

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