51 Simple Yet Effective Bell Ringer Questions for Students

Use these engaging bell ringer questions to kickstart your middle and high school students into learning mode.

What Is a Bell Ringer Question?

A bell ringer question, an exercise with the purpose of transitioning students into an academic mindset upon arriving to class, is a sentence expressed or worded in a way that elicits information from students.

These brief tasks help students settle plus allow teachers time to complete attendance and other administrative duties.

Because students know what to expect upon arriving to class, bell ringer questions establish consistency in routines resulting in a reduction of classroom management issues.

Whether you teach social studies, science, English, reading, or just want to assign these bell ringer questions as morning exercises, this list of simple yet effective bell ringer questions will serve you and your students well.

Modify them to fit the objectives of your subject area.

List of Bell Ringer Questions

1. What do you normally do to celebrate (insert any holiday)?

2. How can someone resist peer pressure?

3. What is happiness?

4. Why is it so important to learn how to read well?

5. What do the colors and designs on your country’s flag represent?

6. Is it better to give or receive gifts? Explain.

7. What are the best ways to prepare for a natural disaster?

8. Which types of incentives motivate you to put forth your best effort?

9. What are the pros and cons of owning a pet?

10. How does learning an additional language help you in life?

11. What are the benefits of healthy eating plus regular exercise?

12. Who do you get along with best and why?

13. What do you wish your teacher knew about you?

14. Why is the U.S Constitution an important document?

15. What are your strengths?

16. When you hear the word love, what do you envision?

17. What worries you most?

18. Where do you see yourself in five years?

19. What’s your happiest memory?

20. Why do you think students cheat on tests?

21. What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

22. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

23. What puts you in a good mood?

24. When it comes to travel, would you rather fly on an airplane or travel by car? Why?

25. What’s the biggest news you’ve heard recently?

26. Do you prefer to travel light or carry lots of baggage? Explain your answer.

27. What are your goals for this school year?

28. What’s your morning routine?

29. Would you rather read ebooks or physical books? Why?

30. What is so special about a nickname?

bell ringer questions
bell ringer questions

31. What would be on your Top 10 list of coolest places to visit in your town?

32. Would you rather do online learning or face-to-face learning? Why?

33. What is a great gift that costs nothing? Why is it considered a great gift?

34. How would you describe the characteristics of someone you admire?

35. What do you like and dislike most about summer?

36. What is one thing you’re afraid of? How can you overcome this fear?

37. How will the skills you’re learning in school help you in the future?

38. What are two things you learned this week?

39. What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

40. What are some good ways to study for a test?

41. What’s one important thing you learned today?

42. Should students be required to help raise money for a local charity? Why or why not?

43. Which book character would you like to trade places with for a day and why?

44. What is something that you learned yesterday that you find something?

45. Which animal do you think would make a good partner for a talent show? Why?

46. What is one thing that you are looking forward to learning about this week and why?

47. How are you working to improve your academic performance?

48. What are some of the key benefits to participating in reader’s theater plays?

49. What am I grateful for today? Explain.

50. If you could shadow any profession for a day, which would you choose and why?

51. What are some examples of growth mindset statements?

Final Thoughts

Now you have a ready-supply of thoughtful bell ringer questions to help your middle and high school students transition into learning mode.

Download free printable of bell ringer questions.

See also: bell ringers for middle school and bell ringers for high school