Mary motivated me to finally get around to redoing my bell ringers- and I'm pretty happy with myself too. :-)
Here's the structure:
- Mental Math Monday (source that no longer exists)
- Tough Guess Tuesday (Estimation180)
- Weigh It Wednesday (Balance Bender puzzles)
- Thoughtful Q's Thursday (101questions)
- Freaky Friday (Which One Doesn't Belong?)
I made this template (looks better once your download it) that I have copied and hole punched on Monday mornings. lying in my green basket. Students get a new one as soon as they walk into class every Monday.
Here is the Powerpoint- 180 slides of warm-ups for the ENTIRE year.
Added bonus for using chevron and a pretty handwriting font! :~\
Start the slideshow. Click once and the Mental Math Monday words disappear. Click again and the mental math problems and answers show up. I have my own hand out of the same problems that I read out loud. I do not repeat, although other students can repeat the problems. After all 10, I reveal the answers and the problems at the same time. Here is MY handout:
Click and the next slide has a picture from Estimation180. Click again and the answer is revealed. Then just keep clicking, just keep clicking.
The answer to the balance bender puzzles are in the notes section of the powerpoint when it is not in slide show view. I plan to copy the picture from the Powerpoint onto the template each week for students as well. Also, if needed I will adjust depending on how difficult the students find them. I felt like they were all really easy. But I'm the teacher. :-)
Thoughtful Questions and Which One Doesn't Belong don't have specific answers. I also plan to cover up one of the WODB and have students create their own at some point as well.
The bottom says Weekly Wrap Up where I usually ask two random questions to try to get to know the students better.
I collect these every Friday and read them and I either stamp, comment, or doodle on their responses so they know I actually read them. I do not grade them in any way, shape, or form.
My favorite part of this whole thing is that I planned my Estimation180 pictures to correspond to the time of year and seasons it is because...well, why not? I am that awesome.
(Thanks Andrew! *waves*)