September 19, 2002
In my classroom I have the standard pocket behavior chart with various colored cards. However, I've taken the concept one more step. In a tray near the door, I have additional cards that are not part of the behavior chart. There is hot pink for hot lunch, cool neon green for cold lunch and teal blue for breakfast. As students go to their desks, they put the appropriate card(s) in their pockets. If a student doesn't have a card in his/her pocket, I double check to see if the student is present. My student helper then prepares my attendance/lunch count record to go to the office. To facilitate this, I made an oversize student list in a large font on bright construction paper. After taking attendance/lunch count the cards are returned to the tray.