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All About Me Activities: Fostering Self Expression and Connection

A Bio Poem


Students enjoy writing about their hobbies and interests. A bio poem is a short poem for students to express their likes and feelings. Bio poems are great all about me activities for the beginning of the school year. There are many patterns that can be used to write a bio poem. I use a pattern that is only five lines. I have see many patterns that require twelve lines. Pick a bio poem pattern that you feel is age appropriate for your students and decide how much class time they will have to work on it.

Would you Rather …?


Would you rather questions can be seasonal, themed, or completely random. Students enjoying giving their preference. The best part is that there is no wrong answer. You can learn a lot about your students based on their answer. I have used questions about learning styles to help me accommodate my students. For example, “Would you rather have paper assignments or digital assignments?” How a student answers this question helps me as a teacher differentiate to meet their needs. Students get to know each other through these all about me activities.

Brown Bag Autobiography

Students bring five objects that fit in a brown paper bag. (lunch bag size) Students can use photos, objects, magazine cut-outs, etc. Ideas for the paper bag include a photo of someone they love, a photo of a pet, favorite hobby, favorite food, or something they are good at. Click here to learn more.


Design a Virtual Locker

This activity is similar to the brown bag autobiography. The format is digital and the objects are in a virtual locker rather than a brown paper bag. The ideas to share are similar: hobbies, favorite sports team, photos of people/things you like, favorite food, etc. Click here to read more.

Two Truths and a Lie

This all about me activity I remember playing as a kid. As a teacher, you find out which students are good at telling a lie. Remember to model this activity by telling 2 truths and a lie about yourself. Give students time to jot-down their thinking before they share.

Name Poster: Acrostic Poem Style

Students write their name vertically on paper. Each line of the poem starts with that letter in their name. Students think of words and phrases that describe themselves, tells about their hobbies, and things they like.


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