Bell Ringers: 20 Daily ELA Warm-Ups (Google Classroom Compatible Morning Work)

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5th - 8th
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These 20 Daily ELA Warm-Ups are a great way to start each class! Use them as bell ringers, morning work, or even put them together into a bell ringer journal! Not only are they Common Core aligned, they're also incredibly engaging and motivating for students. They require no prep! Just print and go! (Includes PDF and Google-Classroom compatible resources.)

This resource includes 20 This or That Warm Ups with a total of 40 activities that review critical ELA skills. Each This or That Warm Up includes instruction (at the top of the worksheet) and then 2 choices for students to showcase their learning. After reviewing each choice, students can choose to do the “This” activity or the “That” activity. The choices promote engagement and tap into multiple learning styles. All 20 of the This or That Warm Ups can be taught sequentially or used throughout the year. The warm ups are an awesome way to start each class. They typically take between 5-10 minutes, and often lead to great mini-lessons and discussions.

Four tracking and grading options are included in this resource so that you can use the method that works best in your classroom. Also, you’ll find tips and ideas for implementing the warm ups into your instruction and teacher keys for each warm up.

Great news! There's a BUNDLE with 6 SETS of the This or That Daily ELA Warm Ups! Find 120 engaging bell ringers HERE.

In addition, this resource is available in a version for grades 3-5. You might want to check it out or even add both to your teaching toolkit. That way you can differentiate instruction even more by giving the less challenging warm-ups to students that need them. Check out the version for grades 3-5 HERE.

DIGITAL VERSION INCLUDED – A google-compatible version of the 20 This or That Warm-Ups is also included. In addition, there is a digital version of one of the grade tracking sheets. Simply click the links provided in the resource to make a copy of the digital warm-ups. Created with Google Slides for Google Classroom

Skills developed and reviewed...

  • Word Meaning in Context
  • Antonyms
  • Sequence
  • Fact and Opinion
  • Parts of Speech
  • Idioms
  • Analogies
  • Writing Prompt
  • Synonyms
  • Personification
  • Conjunctions
  • Interjections
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Common & Proper Nouns
  • Characterization
  • Metaphors & Similes
  • Homophones
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Spelling
  • Creative Writing

This resource includes

  • This or That Warm Ups Overview (for teachers)
  • Anatomy of a This or That Warm Up
  • Setup Guide (with two options for implementation - file folders or packets)
  • Grading Options Review
  • 4 This or That Tracking and Grading Options
  • 20 This or That Warm Ups (with 40 activities)
  • 20 This or That Warm Up KEYS

Great news! There's a BUNDLE with 3 SETS of This or That ELA Warm Ups! Find it HERE.

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Total Pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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