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Bell Ringers
Middle School ELA Bellringer Activities

We teach seventh grade ELA, and out of a need in our own classrooms, we created ELA bellringers that would help us cover a lot in a short amount of time! 

Vocabulary and Sentence Editing All in One!

If you're looking for daily warm ups for your language arts classes, Daily Dose is the best!  This book provides 180 warm-up activities for you to use at the beginning of each class.  Each day's dose includes a word of the day, a sentence to edit, and a daily question based on middle school language arts standards.  This book is complete with review games, project ideas, tests, and more!  Download free samples now! 


Common Core State Standards Bell Ringer

Core CHOMP! can be used as a warm-up activity, a homework assignment, or as a closure for your class. There are 180 Common Core standards-based exercises, one for every day of the school year, and they are built around a rotating five-day pattern. Students will read a poem on day one, a complex fiction passage on day two, and an informational text on day three. Days four and five will address writing, research, and language.

Many of the Core CHOMP! exercises are not easy, but neither are the requirements of the Common Core State Standards. The program of daily exercises helps students gradually gain mastery of a wide variety of material, as required in the standards. These exercises will require your students to complete tasks including the following:

  • rewrite texts using effective techniques and well-chosen words and details
  • make inferences on what they have read
  • support answers with text
  • develop a claim using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
  • analyze the author’s purpose and literary elements
  • determine themes or central ideas of texts
  • assess whether reasoning provided in a text is sound or not
  • determine the meaning of words, phrases, and figurative language
  • analyze text structure used by an author
  • and much more 

Download the first ten CHOMPS from the sixth grade book and the seventh grade book absolutely FREE!


A Standard Start

 The purpose of A Standard Start is to provide three questions a day that are based on middle school language arts standards.  You can use A Standard Start as a warm-up activity each day.  Unlike Core CHOMP,  A Standard Start was not written to match the Common Core State Standards.  However,  many of the questions still adhere to these standards. If you are simply looking for a quick ELA exercise to get your students busy when they come in the room, A Standard Start may be for you.