Mini Hanging Giant Peaches -James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Activity: After reading the book, students can make mini hanging peaches and on the back, draw in all the characters who were inside the peach.
Back to school idea - "We're looking back on summer, this is what we see!" Have students draw pictures of things they have done over summer break in sunglasses. You could also do it for things students are looking forward to this year.
I use these Whole Brain Teaching attention getters on a daily basis with my ELL students. These attention getters are a great way to improve your classroom management. I usually pick one or two to teach the class at the beginning of the year.