Creative Ideas for Bellwork...
In my classroom, I use the time during announcements as a reteach/intervention
opportunity. However, we all know how hard it can be to get students engaged first
thing in the morning. So, with the help of my son, who drew the pictures, and a
fellow teacher (thanks Ben!) I came up with these two ideas:
Based on my two cats, Kira and Shelby. The students love talking about my pets
and their pets, which engages them in the lesson. First they compare and contrast
the cats based on the information given. Then they find the difference in their
Same concepts, different subjects.
My students are significantly more engaged during Bellwork when they have this
sort of activity. So far, I have only used my son's art for two concepts, but I will be
using it more often. My students know my son. He is a high school student, which
makes him “cool” in the eyes of my 2nd
grade students and therefore they want to
do whatever he has given them to do. I have a few students who will refuse to do
work, and yet will do this Bellwork. So based on that alone, this works.