Bell ringers, warm-ups, morning work, brain activators…Whatever you call them, these beginning of class tasks can, in fact, be classroom management game-changers! Bell ringers for 6th-grade history can be used to assess and activate student learning, calm the chaos, establish a predictable routine, and make transitions easier. Not to mention, help you maintain your sanity!
In addition to warm-ups and morning work to start the day or class period, bell ringers are also great for exit tickets to assess mastery of the lesson standards. They can also be used to guide classroom discussions or even as breakout room activities! If you are on the hunt for bell ringers for 6th-grade history, then you have come to the right place!
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Ancient Civilizations Bell Ringers for 6th Grade History
I know you may be thinking that you do not have time to plan anything else! The great news is that you can make bell ringers part of your daily routine without spending any extra time planning! In fact, I created an entire year’s worth of Ancient Civilizations bell ringers for 6th-grade history.
These Ancient Civilizations’ bell ringers and warm-ups can be printed or used digitally as Google Slides. This upper elementary and middle school teaching resource contains 40 Weeks (200 Slides) of bell ringers. They cover the following units: Stone Age, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece, and Rome.
In order to further organize your planning and create that predictable routine, each day has a specific sub-topic. Using the same bell-ringers every single day gets boring, and your students will likely get tired of them. I prefer to have a themed bell ringer for each day of the week that addresses a specific skill. You can get a sample week HERE.
What is a 6th-grade history class without mapping skills? In the Monday bell ringers, students will work on their mapping skills and learn about the geography of different Ancient Civilizations.
Timelines are the perfect way to help students conceptualize dates and the order of events. In the Tuesday bell ringers, students can learn about the chronological order of events in ancient times using this great visual reference.
Bell ringers for 6th-grade history should most certainly emphasize vocabulary. On Wednesdays, students will focus on important vocabulary for each unit.
Critical thinking is a skill you likely want your students to practice whenever possible. That’s why Thursday’s bell ringers include important quotes by historical figures that students reflect on in order to answer thought-provoking questions.
Fun Fact Fridays
When Friday finally rolls around, everyone deserves a little fun! Therefore, in Friday’s bell ringers students learn about fun and interesting facts for every ancient civilization unit.
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In summary, bell ringers can be a great tool for student learning, assessment, and classroom management. Five to ten minutes a day spent on a bell ringer can have a huge impact on student learning. But not all bell ringers are equal. You can have effective and engaging bell ringers for 6th-grade history without spending any extra time planning when you get my Ancient Civilizations’ Bell Ringer Bundle.
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