This activity is a great way to start off the new school year and address the speaking and listening standards for the Common Core.
When introducing the activity, I model how the final product will look and I teach the basic public speaking skills. I also provide each student with a brown paper lunch bag. A pack of 50 bags usually costs about a dollar.
The students will have a fun time learning about their classmates while they are applying necessary Common Core Standards (SL 5, 6, 7, 8.4) skills.