In class we have "Student of the Day," and that's how we begin to meet each other at the beginning of every school year. Students at home decorate a poster where they answer the following 5 questions and present their poster to the class.
Pet or favorite animal
Then, I put this page in a writing center where students will create a book for each student in the class. I put one poster at a time and so the students only focus on that student of the day. When we have created a book for each student, the students take home their book. It is a beautiful way to create a community atmosphere in the classroom, teamwork and respect. At the same time we are getting to know each other in a fun way.