I had forgotten about this group-work time strategy: Collaborative posters - Each student has one colored marker. Students are not allowed to swap colors with other students. Teacher can assess at a glance who contributed what to the activity.
Day of School Handprint & poem ("Welcome, welcome, school has begun. Time for work. Time for fun. I use my hands for fun and play School has started just today.") Write child's name & date day of school craft -cae