I do this as an art project: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2008...line-drawings/
We go over how lines convey emotion, and I encourage the kids to do a self-portrait with wacky hair that conveys how they feel on that day. Then I hang them like a border along the classroom ceiling all year.
I also have a lot of my class library books scattered around the classroom, and we do a mini-lesson on book genre. The students then work together to decide what genre each book is and put it in the correct section of my library shelves. This serves many purposes: It is a mini-lesson on genre, introduction to books available for them to read, and practice working in groups. It also helps me see who is most interested in books and who might need more encouragement. And finally it gives reluctant readers exposure to a lot of book titles and blurbs that sometimes
encourages them to pick up a book on their own.
It's time-consuming and a PITA to set up and monitor, frankly, but I think it's a valuable use of time.