This is a fantastic activity that can be used at the beginning of the school year as a way for you to get to know your students and for them to get to know one another.
You will distribute a large blank puzzle piece to each of your students, and they will be asked to decorate the puzzle piece with words/pictures that represent them.
When the students are finished decorating their puzzle pieces, you can ask them to describe their puzzle piece to their classmates in front of the class or in small groups. This is a great way to pre-assess your students' speaking/listening skills!
Once the students have presented their works of art, have them put all of their puzzle pieces together on a wall/door of your classroom to create one large complete puzzle. Students will enjoy checking out their classmates' puzzle pieces for weeks to come in this unique display. This can also be an ideal time to talk about your classroom dynamic - everyone brings their unique personality, interests, and characteristics to create one beautiful, colorful complete picture! The class puzzle can serve as a reminder of that message over time.