An activity my kids LOVED this week was completely simple and almost effortless to arrange. I gave my class a word search which had each of their names in it. They enjoyed finding each other's names and were ecstatic to locate their own. This activity would be a great back to school idea for students to get to know their new classmates.
There are several tools on the web you could use to do this. A-Z Teacher Stuff has a word search generator tool. It's very simple to use. You just enter the words you wish to appear in your word search, select your shape (circle, smiley face, rectangle, star etc) and choose word directions, click generate and print.