Second Grade Nest: Warming Your Kids Up for Writing Block

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Warming Your Kids Up for Writing Block


Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
Have you guys heard of bell-ringers? If you have, it was likely for middle or high school, or even 4th and 5th grade when students switched class periods. BUT I partnered up with The Superhero Teacher and we created Bell Ringers for primary students, too. 

Below, I'm going to tell you what Bell Ringers are, how they can be used, and all the different options! 


So let's start with what Bell Ringers are. In middle and high school (the grades Britt started out with), bell ringers are writing prompts that students use as they first come into that period. Now, it will look quite different in primary grades!! Bell ringers cover a variety of different writing styles. They are cyclical practice activities, which means they will spiral throughout the year. Each week will deal with narrative skills, opinion writing, informational writing, sentence editing, and more!
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals    Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals

Now, let's talk about how you can use them in primary classes. Obviously, you can use these however you see fit, but here is my recommendation. I think bell ringers would work best in your first or second grade classroom in the first 5 minutes of your writing block. The kiddos can grab their bell ringer journals, answer the prompt that they either see in their journal or on the board (depending on which format you choose), and they will answer the prompt. To turn it into a great self-assessment, you can have the students read their responses to 3 other friends. Then, they'll put them away and start your writing lesson. It's a great writing warm-up activity.
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
 (Link: Bell Ringers Journal)

And, this particular Bell Ringer product comes with MULTIPLE options. So, it can fit any format in your classroom. You can print it off like a journal or you can display the prompt on the board while kids respond in their journal. Also, you get to choose if you want to use colored ink or black and white. AND there are editable options, too if you need to write your own prompt one week or for the entire year. So you've got options!
-Color journal
-Editable black and white journal
-Black and white journal
-Editable color journal
-PowerPoint to display

Let's get a closer look at each of those options below!
Option #1: Color Journal
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
 (Link: Bell Ringers Journal)
Option 1 is to have a journal with color images. The days of the week also come in color, too. It comes with primary writing lines OR regular writing lines. You can choose which you need for your class.

Option #2: Black and White Journal
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals     Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals

 (Link: Bell Ringers Journal)
The black and white journal comes with the photographs in gray scale and the clip art in black and white so that the students can color in the clip art. The cover is also black and white so the kiddos can color theirs and make it their own. Just like with the color version, you can choose between primary and regular writing lines.

Option #3 & 4: Color or B/W EDITABLE Journal

Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals   Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals

 (Link: Bell Ringers Journal)
Also included in the bell ringer journals is a PowerPoint version of the bell ringers. This is so that you can put your own prompt in if you would like. Or you could decrease the amount of lines, move the lines, or increase the amount of lines your students write on. The text and the writing lines are editable in this version.

Option #5: Presentation Version to display
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals  Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
(Link: Bell Ringers Presentation Version)
This presentation version of the bell ringers journal is the SAME writing prompts as the journal. It's just offered in PPT format so that you can display the prompt on the board and the students can record their answers into blank writing journals. This may be for the teachers who have extremely limited copies for the year, are out of copies for the year, or just want to be eco-friendly. Some teachers choose to buy the bundle, too. This includes both the presentation and the journal prompts so that students can write in their journals and see it on the board as they come in, too.


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Want to check out a week for free? 
In Britt's store, she has put a full Monday-Friday set up that you can check out to see if it would work out for your kiddos. If so, check for links below! 
Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals

Bell Ringers Writing Activities- writing warm-up and writing review activities for primary classroom- can be used as daily writing journals
(Link: Freebie)


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Want to get started today? Grab the journal, PowerPoint, or bundle here! 

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