One of the most important things teachers do is develop a sense of community in their classrooms. Getting to know your students and getting them to know and understand each other is an essential part of this community-building.
This Bio Bag Project is a great way for you to get to know your students and for them to get to know each other. It's especially useful at the beginning of the year, but could be used any time during the school year. Students are engaged in active speaking, listening, and writing. It's also a great opportunity to model the steps of the writing process for your students as they work to develop a paragraph to introduce a classmate to the rest of the class.
Students LOVE doing this activity and it's a wonderful way to get an early assessment of your students' writing and communication skills.