I started the year with this quick little all about me activity. It gave me a chance to get to know a little about my students and where they came from before beginning the year. It was also nice for my shy kids because they still had a chance to share a little about them without feeling pressured or getting nervous. We then cut them out and I hung them up in our room so that we could see how we are alike and the same and create a sense of respect throughout the classroom. I had my students draw a picture of each thing they wrote about. They turned out really cute!
I am considering doing this at the end of the year as well and let the kids see how much they have changed.