Whether you call it Bell Work, Bell Ringer, Do Now, or Jumpstart, start class strong with one of these 205 3-4 minute assignment that will reinforce Pre-Algebra and Algebra understandings. Teach Like a Champion" lists bell work (called "Do Now") as one of the successful strategies to send students on the path to college. These are the Do Nows that I use throughout the year for my Algebra 1 students but they could apply to a second semester Pre-Algebra Course as well as an Algebra 2 course.
205 separate Do Now activities include 2 - 5 problems each covering a range of topics:
- basic operations
- spiraled solving skills (beginner to advanced)
- word problems
- domain, range, function
- systems of equations
- adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials
Also included in the document is the weekly sheet my students use to keep track of Monday through Friday Bell Work.
I copy and paste from this teacher workbook either into my daily powerpoint or onto a separate word document to project on the ELMO. Students are engaged for 3 - 4 minutes while I take attendance and check homework.