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Daily morning work, warm-ups, do-nows, bell ringers- whatever you call them, what better way is there for a Middle School student to start your ELA class than with a fun brain teaser? The only thing that beats it is having a brain teaser bell ringer every class for an entire term AND getting a completion mark for their bell ringer journal at the end of term! A simple rubric to mark it is included. Your grades 5-8 students will dash to your class; no-one will want to be late for the fun - and sometimes competitive - start to the lesson. Of course, these 3-5 minute DAILY brain teasers could be used as exit tickets to keep students focused right through to the last minute of a block, or even as fun activities for early finishers. They could also be high interest homework on most days (except for Team Time Tuesdays) for students who typically grumble about homework. Except for Tuesday, students can use their journal as an independent work packet. This resource is part of an exciting 50% off brain teaser bundle: 50% OFF BRAIN TEASER BIG BARGAIN BUNDLE

The Internet is not required for any of the bell ringers. The only supplies required (beyond the photocopied journal) are some scraps of paper from the recycling bin. The answers can be displayed by using the included fun PowerPoint.

Here's how the week unfolds!

Mix It Up Mondays

On Mondays, students will never know what is going to await them. Riddles? Speed writing? Finishing off a humorous tale? They will have to race to your room to find out!

Team Time Tuesday

Tuesday is the time of the week when the bell ringer is a team effort with at least one or two others.

Word play Wednesday

Word play -such as fun puns- abound!

Brainteaser Tale Thursday

A brain teaser short story will entertain your students - and have them pulling out their hair to work out the answer.

Funny Friday

On Fridays, chuckles are always on the menu! Jokes, riddles and general silliness will put a smile on your students’ faces.

How to use this resource

Photocopy the 24 pages of this resource (2 pages for each week of a 12 week term) for each child. Students will write in responses every day and submit the brainteaser journal/workbook for completion marking at the term’s end. Some of the activities have no right or wrong responses. The answers for those that do can either be displayed in a colorful PowerPoint, or photocopied from the answers section of the PDF with one answer sheet for every desk.

Table of contents

Bell ringers Pages 1-24

Answers Pages 25-36

Journal Rubric Page 37

Students will love the 15 tales in Mini Mysteries grades 5-8

and this long, single mystery: Brain teaser mystery fun inferential skills practice OR select a bundle of ELA Games and mini-mysteries: Brain Teaser Bundle grades 5-8.
If you want a mystery resource that demands writing from your students, try Reading Comprehension Mysteries & Questions
Punctuation mentor sentences and exercises using JOKES will make grammar classes fun! Students will laugh their way to accuracy. PUNCTUATION DIALOGUE PRESENTATION & EXERCISES USING JOKES and END MARKS PRESENTATION AND EXERCISES USING JOKES

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37 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
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