A fun activity that helps you get to know your new class!
On the first day of school send home a 'brown bag' for your students to fill with items that represent their favorite hobbies, foods, or anything unique about them. Each student will bring back their filled brown bag on a day you assign to them and take 3-5 minutes presenting their items to the class.
I love using this activity to learn things about my students that I may never have known otherwise. I also love that this activity provides somewhat of a routine for the first couple weeks of school. For example: I had 3-5 students present their brown bags first thing in the morning- giving a routine for the first 5-9 days.