Cute Idea for first week. Students fill out questions about themselves, attach picture and name in cute colorful font, and put into classbook. Then spend sometime reading each day toget to know eachother. From doodlebug teaching.
Every year for Open House I have my kids write autobiographies about themselves, and we do the WHOLE process (they feel sooo fancy working on their rough draft, and then writing their final draft!) We also step draw ourselves, and then trace with sharpie (of course!) and color in.