These are just another one of my Beginning of Year bell-ringers. Most these can be used even before you get in the history book of the state. Most of these are locally centered or areas known by the students. Many are open-ended too.
There is a month's worth of bell ringers and most can be easily graded as extra credit just to give the student's something to do while you are checking roll, answering individual questions, moving students around, etc. It makes them FEEL like they have work to do right from the bell. All answers are individually answered so I don’t really have answers but you need to be on your toes so that you can 'check' them.
I have always checked them for one point a piece/daily if they 'make sense' otherwise no points are given. Over the course of a month most students will make a lot of extra credit. Any you don't have to worry if they are not there/absent/skipped whatever.
I give my own students FIVE MINUTES then I take them up. If you're late – tuff cookies -you should have here "on time". Sorry. These are only extra credit so the points or lack of points will not kill anyone. Most of my student's get them after missing a few from time to time.
You make the choice of who gets them and who doesn't; I always stood at the door and handed them out till the tardy bell rang then after – sorry. Some of questions deal with foods, local officials, state colleges, big news stories, etc.