A SEMESTER OF HIGHER-ORDER THINKING ENGLISH BELL STARTER ACTIVITIES
Some mornings are just hectic. The alarm didn't go off. You spilled coffee on your freshly pressed clothes. That school bus MUST be going slower than usual. Whatever the case, you have no need to worry about how to get your students settled in to class when you have a semester's worth of higher-order thinking English bell starter activities! This PowerPoint includes five different higher-order thinking activities that will get your students geared up for class, and it will push them to think critically each day!
To start the week, wake up your students with some creativity! These activities encourage your students to think outside the box in creating specific tangible or intangible products: brochure, Tweet, or memes. Depending on your classroom routine, you can continue using Make Mondays as bell starter activities, or you could incorporate some of them as pieces of formative assessment to check your students’ understanding of the day’s material.
This day helps students utilize their critical thinking skills. Tuesday slides contain a picture of common objects that are used for a specific purpose, but students must decide on how they would change how the object is used. For example, a thumbtack could be transformed in to a hole puncher. You can require students to provide a more in-depth explanation for how or why they chose to transform as they did, but I leave that power up to you!
What If? Wednesday
These questions are designed to give students a chance to explore their own thoughts and opinions as well as to push them to support their thoughts and opinions with sound reasoning. Students may need some pre-discussion on certain topics to help them formulate their ideas. Additionally, questions center on the four core high school subjects (English, math, social studies, and science) as well as technology, art, music, and theater.
On Think Thursday, students will need to think about how they would improve certain aspects of school and society. This day’s activity helps students be reflective of their immediate environment as well as their future environment. Reflection and critical thinking are the higher order thinking skills of the day.
To end the week, students are given a topic and asked to argue his or her side. Students should work on providing sound reasoning in addition to having evidence to support their reasons. This higher-order thinking activity helps students develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills.