Laney Lee

Science Warm Ups & Bell Ringers – Making Sense of Models




Looking for a way to get your students LESS focused on Googling the answer and MORE focused on thinking like a scientist? Are you struggling to integrate the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices in your daily lessons? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this science warm-ups and bell ringers resource is for you!


These bell ringer activities are designed to familiarize your students with models! What they are, what they’re used for, and their limitations. Every Monday, students will be presented with a new model showing a scientific concept or phenomena. After studying the model, they will

  • ask clarifying questions
  • determine the big idea
  • determine the purpose of the model
  • infer what the model may be used for


Topics range from earth to space science and include biology, physics, and chemistry. The purpose of these activities is not to have a full understanding of every concept presented, but rather to see what students can explain using the model. The questions that accompany the models are designed to be thought provoking and require students to predict, reflect, connect, and think critically about the concepts being presented.


Who is this science warm-ups and bell ringers resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-12.


How Can I Use this Resource?

  • Use the slides individually as a warm up or closure activity.


Alternative ideas:

  • Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest
  • Exit tickets
  • Use individual slides as a square on a Choice Board
  • Scavenger hunt – Print slides and hide them around the room for students to find. Great for students who need to be moving!
  • Fishing – Print all the slides and place them in a bowl. Have students come up and “fish” for a new question while throwing their old question back. This is a great activity for students who enjoy being hands on.
  • Sticky Hands – (if you dare) let kids pick cards with sticky hands
  • Have students pull a question answer it correctly to earn privileges like leave for lunch.


What’s Included?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.


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