A great way to get to know your students and decorate your classroom -- making it the students' own. Namescapes are taking your name and drawing them like a landscape. As part of the Namescape, students add details about themselves using symbolism.
I use this to begin the year. After students complete their Namescapes, we read "Names/Nombres" and "The Naming of Names" to link together a creative opening days project with an essay and short story.