When I think back to when I was in middle/high school, I remember how each class began with a “Do Now.,” or I believe other schools may call it “bell work.” Everyone would walk into class, sit down, wait for the bell to ring, and then begin class by answering 3 or 4 questions. It happened so regularly that I always thought that this was the “norm.”
When I was completing my first student teaching placement (which happens to be in the school I currently work in!!), I remember sitting down with my cooperating teacher as she explained to me and wrote down the structure of her lessons. As she wrote on a piece of paper, I saw her start with “1 -warm-up…2 -do now…3- review HW…” I remember feeling confused because I thought I had learned all about lesson plans and how lessons begin with a do now. I had spent time observing in several different school districts and every teacher began their lesson with a do now.
Although I was puzzled, I was intrigued to learn about this new type of activity she did to begin her class and I am here to teach you reading my blog! A warm-up activity is a 2-4 minute activity to get your class started. I use a warm-up activity EVERY day with my students to review what we learned the day before. I create activities that are engaging and involve students getting up out of their seats. I choose to do warm-up activities because I find it helpful to review material BEFORE asking students to apply it to the do now/bell work questions.
Examples of warm-up activities:
-Matching vocabulary (Words to pictures/Spanish to english/words to definitions)
-Reviewing verb conjugations (putting conjugations into the verb box/sentence fill in)
-Asking and Answering Questions (I pass around a ball and prompt students with questions for them to answer.)
Do you use warm-up activities or did you try it out? Let me know by leaving a comment below!