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Brainstorming is a fun way for students to work on their idea development, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills. Brainstorming helps students focus attention on a particular topic, generates a variety of ideas, and encourages students to share ideas with their peers without judgment. These bell-ringers are an excellent way to bring some fun competition into your classroom once a week while also developing student skills.



Once a week, start your class by putting students into groups of 3-4 students. Have them complete the brainstorm of the week by coming up with words that relate to an interesting topic for 3 minutes. 

You can make this a friendly competition between groups! Have students volunteer to share their answers. If another group has the same answer, all the groups have to cross it out. Give one point for answers that no other team has! This will encourage your students to think outside the box and come up with more creative answers! 

You will be so surprised by how creative your students get after doing this activity for a few weeks. They will push themselves to start to think of answers that no one else will think of, so they can't get more points for their team!



• A 40 Slide Powerpoint presentation that includes a new brainstorming topic for each week to last you the entire school year! The Powerpoint is interactive and each slide includes an animated timer that lasts 3 minutes!

• Two different brainstorming graphic organizers for you to choose from. Also included are two sizes for each (full and half page) for your convenience.


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