Prime time is one of my favorite things I do in my classroom. As soon as the bell rings, I unfreeze the SMARTboard and students have 3 minutes to answer today's 10 questions. The questions are not on grade level. The questions review basic math skills students should already know coming into 8th grade. That has always been my problem with traditional warm-ups. Undoubtedly at least 1 student wouldn't know how to solve the problem, so they wouldn't complete the warm up and usually distract a couple of his friends in the meantime. That's the beauty of Prime Time. Kids love it because it gives them a good confidence boost right at the beginning of class and I love Prime Time because it ensures students are ready to work as soon as the bell rings and EVERY student is working.
Included is 180 days of questions. Each day has its own numbered PowerPoint slide. Save it to your school computer and open it each day. If your computer's like mine, PowerPoint will remind you where you left off in the presentation each day and take you directly to the last slide you used. It's wonderful! Now you don't have to keep track of which slide you're on. Also included is the weekly template students use to record their answers. Students pick one up on Monday and pass them in each day for me to grade and store. During passing period, I lay out the stacks at the beginning of each row for students to pass out before the bell rings. At the end of the week, I give students one grade out of 50 and then weight it 0.10 in the grade book.