This activity can be used at the beginning of the year as a way to get some initial information about how students feel and what they think about their abilities. I use it for language arts, but this could be adapted for any topic.
How to: Give every student a copy and explain that they need to use the key and color in the bubble that shows how they feel about that subject. For example if they feel really successful at reading they might color in a bubble at the top of the straw. If they also love reading, they would choose a face with a smile.
Once they have colored in the different bubbles, they need to write a sentence of explanation. I find this very revealing at the beginning of the year.