Have students bring in favourite photographs from home. Parents may not want to part with them, so they can be brought in, photocopied, and returned. They can use these photos to write about family, home activities, pets, favourite toys, their homes, and so on. At the beginning of the year, this is a great way to learn about your students and have them learn about each other. You can even make a class book using photos of themselves, taken at the beginning of the year, then look at it at the end of the year and talk about changes that have taken place.