Taking a few personal days off and scheduled a sub? Is a visitor coming in to talk to your kiddos soon?
Pique your students' interests in your mystery guest prior to their visit! Great introductory/getting to know me activity for the whole class. Students' are encouraged to take a wild guess about the mystery visitors' physical characteristics, background, favorites, and preferences. Close ended questions with tons of choices.
This activity worked great when one of our high school teachers resigned mid-year and was being replaced by a new teacher from outside of the district. Students first completed the worksheet and on day one the new teacher shared his answers as they related to him. Students peer-traded and tallied their peers' total correct answers. The winner was rewarded with a mystery prize. The teens had a great time and were able to make immediate connections with the teacher who cracked up about the silly, off the wall answers!
This activity is sure to keep students guessing and in suspense! Modify this Word document as you see fit to account for reading readiness, your school culture, and students' grade level. I assure you, if it can work for high schoolers it can work for any grade!