Ideas Worth Sharing: Bell Ringers

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The most important part of any learning experience is the beginning. This is the time to hook students’ interest, engage their curiosity, and transition them into a learning mindset. However, without a well-defined opening, this opportunity is often missed.

If you’re looking for ways to add structure to your lessons and reinforce student learning, ABC-CLIO is here to help. Beat the clock-watching and kick off a great lesson with an engaging student activity using ABC-CLIO’s Bell Ringers!

Bell Ringers are short, impactful learning routines developed by leading educators as part of ABC-CLIO’s Ideas Worth Sharing series. These activities are designed to help your students draw meaningful connections to the subject matter—all in the opening or closing minutes of a class session. Each Bell Ringer activity includes:

  • Activity overview, including student learning objectives
  • Visual primary source and student prompt
  • Suggested scaffolds for differentiated learning
  • Ideas for connecting history to the present

Click below to see how Bell Ringers incorporate visual primary sources with teacher-friendly navigation and tips to provide a ready-made activity for you and your students.

Bell Ringers are part of ABC-CLIO’s Ideas Worth Sharing series, a collaboration with our partners in education to support your curricular goals. Click here to learn more about ABC-CLIO’s research and curriculum databases!