I always put my students in alphabetical order at the beginning of the year. When I do this I give each student a number. They use this number all year and include it on everything they do, putting it right after their name. Since they have numbers I use them for a variety of things. I use their numbers when playing games, getting help, collecting papers, taking attendance, counting for lunch. I put each number on an individual clothes pin. As the students walk in each morning, they put their number on their lunch choice. Then all I have to do is glance to see both the lunch count and attendance.