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Picture Lunch Count

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To save time at the beginning of the day, I created a quick way to take lunch count. I take a picture of each student the first week of school. I then print, cut out and glue the picture to a piece of felt. The sheets with a sticky backing work well. I place the pictures on a small bulletin board covered with flannel. The board is divided into three sections titled hot lunch, cold lunch and absent. When the students enter in morning, they move their picture to either hot or cold lunch. The pictures not moved are absent. A quick glance tells me what my counts are and even alerts me to absences. I have used it with students as young as second grade, and it has worked wonderfully.

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