This summer I took a course on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at U of M. In this course, we learned the importance of determining our students' multiple intelligences (MIs) and then planning lessons pertaining to them. Therefore, some of my back-to-school activities were lead-ins to this topic.
The following posters provide an at-a-glance view of student interests. Each student was given some smiley stickers and a sticky note (for favourite food). They circulated to each poster and added it to the spot that best describes them. Later, as I introduced my MI lessons, the posters served as a launch pad.