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Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke, Voltaire, Immanuel Kant and Benjamin Franklin are at the heart of any lesson on this important part of history. We make it easier to teach with these unusual no-prep bellringer puzzles that include inspirational quotations and fun facts - the fun facts help bring these figures to life!
This complete resource contains four combinations of puzzles and fun facts that will simultaneously challenge your students' verbal skills and get them thinking about these historical figures in a new light.
Here's the backstory: the evil Dr. Malicious is trying to erase these thinkers from history by mangling some of their quotations. Your students have to put those quotes back together in order to stop her!
Ideas for Classroom Use
This collection of puzzles can transform easily into an activity by using the included "Playboard" that students can use to figure out the puzzles. Just cut out the little slips of "paper" for each puzzle, and then arrange them on the grid provided. You can also laminate the "paper" pieces and re-use them over and over again.
These bell ringers are ideal for those last few minutes of either ELA or Social Studies class time, or for starting the class period with some unusual verbal challenges.
You can also use these as an introduction to your lesson plan, as a review before a test, or simply as bell ringer activities for your early finishers. The fun facts help round out a lesson by providing a mini-lesson!
You can print each one out as a worksheet for individual students or small groups, or project it onto a whiteboard and let the whole class solve it together with one student representative writing on the board. Often, different students will be able to fit together different pieces of the quotation, making this a bonding teamwork activity for the entire class!