What’s the best way to do lunch count in the classroom? Our motto is quick, easy, done. Bonus if your system also does double duty for attendance. Check out some of our favorite lunch count ideas below.
1. Use your desk.
Take advantage of otherwise empty desk space by turning it into an attendance/lunch count spot. Put student numbers on magnets and they can move them when they arrive for the day.
2. Go digital.
When you use your whiteboard, students can drag their names to the appropriate column.
3. Try craft sticks …
This idea is made easy with magnetic cups from the Dollar Tree.
4. … or clothespins.
I don’t know what’s in a bagel bag, but I want one.
5. Use a pocket chart.
Color-coded pieces of paper make it easy to see who’s doing lunch, breakfast, and milk.
6. Go with Velcro.
This teacher has students use colorful tokens to indicate their lunch choice.
You can often find colorful pails like this in the Target dollar section.
We love how this teacher uses lunch count as an opportunity to talk graphing.
Recycling at its cutest!