Frame your Do Now so that it provides an opportunity for students to access what they already know about the topic.


Do Nows can be anticipatory set, exploratory phase,  or preparation for work.

In an elementary lesson about two-digit multiplication a Do Now could be as follows:

2 x 9 = ___    18 + 17 =

In a secondary social studies class, a Do Now could simply ask students to reflect on what they learned previously, as follows:

What do you already know about Martin Luther King, Jr.?

In this case, the two skills that are required to move forward are activated before they are combined.

Further Reading:

Edutopia – Are You Tapping into Prior Knowledge Often Enough in Your Classroom?

Creativitypost –  What is the Connection Between Prior Knowledge and Learning?


Written by Louis Olander
Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett and Kathy Furlong Silverio



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