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Taking Attendance
  • Attendance and Name tags in One!!  Buy a long, hanging piece of material for an attendance chart and tack it near the front door of the classroom. Cardboard-back and laminate student name tags, and put velcro on the back of each. Put the other side of the velcro (the hook part) on the attendance chart to hang each name tag. Also, put a little piece of velcro on the top of each desk. When students come in, they pull their name tag from the attendance chart and velcro it to their desks. You can then easily look at the chart and tell if someone is absent.
  • Have students make a circle out of card and make a smiley face on one side and a frowny face on the other. Glue to a popsicle stick. Make a pocket chart with a pocket for each child. When the child comes in the classroom each day have the faces in a can. The child selects a face and places it in his/her pocket with the appropriate side facing out.
  • Try using popsicle sticks for attendance.  Students move their name (with picture in the beginning) to the proper pocket - present, tardy.

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