9 Quick and Easy Ways to Do Lunch Count

Hot or cold? You won’t have to worry about it once you put one of these systems in place.

Lunch Count Ideas

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 …

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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.

7. Fill a bucket.

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You can often find colorful pails like this in the Target dollar section.

8. Turn it into a math lesson.

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We love how this teacher uses lunch count as an opportunity to talk graphing.

9. Save your fro-yo spoons

Recycling at its cutest!

We’d love to hear—how do you do lunch count? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, ways to organize your classroom turn-in bin.

9 Quick and Easy Ways to Do Lunch Count

Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

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