Here are 13 quality Bell-Ringers for the beginning weeks of school. The teacher hands out a half-sheet of paper to each student and they number accordingly. (I use recycled copier paper.) Teacher usually has five questions to ask, plus a number recognition activity. Students first write the question as they hear it, punctuating correctly and then they answer with a complete sentence. Also included are number recognition practice and spelling practice. When going over, teacher can quickly write questions on board or screen and call on students to read their answers. These in turn go on the board so students can check work.
There are 13 days worth, but I might use these every other day. This is an excellent way to set the tone of class, implementing the language from the bell.
The following subject areas are touched upon in these exercises:
--Days of the week: today/tomorrow.
--Asking how one is feeling, Formal/Familiar. 1st/2nd/3rd Person singular.
--Asking for name, Formal/Familiar. 1st/2nd/3rd Person singular.
--Asking for phone numbers, Formal/Familiar
--Student word spelling with partner.