I want to share a couple management ideas for those first weeks back. These ideas have been so helpful in my classroom, and they are also so much fun for my kids.
The first idea I want to share is our lunch choice board. I have tried so many different ways to take lunch count in the past, and this version is my absolute favorite! It’s so easy to set up and even easier to manage.
All I did was take a picture of each student, printed out as each picture in a wallet-sized print, laminated them, and put magnets on the backs. That’s it! I love this because not only is this a quick and easy way to take lunch count, but I can quickly see who is absent. I don’t have to go through a bunch of numbered popsicle sticks in a cup or see which numbered magnets weren’t moved to a lunch choice in the morning. All I have to do is look to see which student didn’t move their picture to a lunch choice (double check that they didn’t just forget), and I know they are absent.
This is what students see in the morning when they come in to make their lunch choice. It is a students job to remove all the pictures from the choice board at the end of the day.