One thing I added to the self-portrait picture was lines for writing sentences. I do not make students write a sentence in the fall, but I strongly encourage it! I have found that my students sometimes struggle with what to say. I have a lot of I like sentences.
I may have the students brainstorm a list of things about the month or what we have learned to help generate ideas for writing. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you!!
The students love looking at their portraits and noticing how much they have changed. It is an easy way to document growth. This year I had the students make a picture on the front and do the writing on the back. I have a few samples from two students below.