The "All About Me Bag" project is a great project to get to know your students and their interests. I often assign this project the first week of school.
Give each child a bag and attach the label and poem provided in this purchase.
Students fill their bag with four items that show their interests or something about them. I have also had children write a paragraph about each object.
This is a great way to asses writing skills in the beginning of the school year.