SOS: On This Day

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

On This Day

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Teachers use many different strategies to engage students as soon as they enter the classroom. A bell ringer is a short activity that can be completed while you take attendance, collect homework, or other small chores. Using bell ringers gives students something to think about at the beginning of each class and helps to focus their attention. Discovery Education’s calendar is a great resource to help you build daily activities for students.



  • Login to Discovery Education and locate the calendar on the right side of the screen. You will see the date along with information “On This Day” for your default subject area. Select “View Full Calendar”.
  • You will see a information to the right of the calendar for a variety of subjects. Select the subject to see what happened on this day. For example, on September 16, under Science you will find that the Montreal Protocol was signed, which helped to phase out the production of ozone-depleting chemicals.
  • As students enter the class, have the information displayed for “On This Day”.
  • Ask students to answer the following questions in their journals about what happened “On This Day”
    • What do you already know about this event?
    • Why is this event important to us today?
    • How might our lives be different if this event did not occur?
    • What questions do you have about this important event?
  • If students finish early, they can look up important events that occurred on their birthday
  • Ask students to write in their journal about what they would like to do to be featured in the Discovery Education calendar.



  • Select a subject for “On This Day” that matches your curriculum
  • Display the information as students enter the classroom
  • Ask the students a series of questions about the event/person and have them write their answers in their journal


  • Ask students to research what happened “On This Day” for their birthday
  • Ask students to write in their journal about what they will do to make them famous and put them in Discovery Education’s calendar.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

To see other strategies in this series click here.  For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.


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