Like many teachers I have very little transition time between classes to set-up lab equipment, clean-up, take attendance....and heaven forbid I have to use the restroom!
Bell-ringers and exit slips are a popular way teachers can transition from one period to the next while students are working on something. But so many bell-ringers are too general and easily forgettable.
I knew that if I were going to use bell-ringers I didn't want them to feel like busy work. I wanted bell-ringers that would review specific Chemistry concepts but in a format that was fun for my students AND the activities had to be something the students could complete with minimal teacher instruction.
Thus, the digital Chemistry bell-ringers were born! These activities have students using emojis, creating memes, videos, creating Instagram posts, online games, drawings, peer activities, creating Facebook posts, adding word bubbles to famous scientists, creating comic strips and SO MUCH MORE! I included the most common Chemistry topics covered during the school year and made three activities for each concept.
Since the bell-ringers were made in Google slides they are super easy to add to your digital or Google Classroom. The interactive slides can be added to your Google Drive and used year after year! Students keep the slides in edit mode and can add text, images, and drawings using the tools in Google slides. The slides can be used as a science center with students working together in small groups or if students are in a 1:1 environment they can have their own copy and work on it in a digital classroom like the Google Classroom. I like to use this laser pointer and display the slides while I'm walking around the room. This way I can check up on my students and move around freely while still controlling what's on the screen.
I actually scheduled out my bell-ringers in my Google classroom in advance (see below) and students would come to class and begin working on the bell-ringers on their own (can you believe it?!)
These bell-ringers were definitely a labor of love! With 111 different kinds of activities including meme making, Instagram & Facebook posts, videos with response questions, comic strips, matching activities, group discussion questions, Twitter posts, word bubble activities and MUCH MORE....I was determined to keep the activities relevant to both me and my students.
How do I get a full year of Chemistry bell-ringers?
If you do not have time to create your own complete set of digital bell-ringers you can check mine out by clicking the link below. There are 37 specific life science topics arranged by week for your convenience. Each topic includes 3 engagement activities that can be used as bell-ringers, exit slips, or other transitional time.