Monday, May 29, 2017

Look Who's Here: A Fun Solution for Attendance

Taking attendance doesn't have to be a time-consuming task for teachers.  Instead, you can make it an engaging learning opportunity for the kids with these "Look Whooo's Here" Owl Cards.  Let's take a look at how to set up this morning activity.

First, you can choose from two sizes of owls (both are included in the set). If you have a larger class size, you will likely want the smaller size.  Next, choose which color of header you want: blue or purple chevron.

*** I prefer to laminate the owl cards BEFORE writing the students' names.  This way, as students move out/in, you can use a dry erase marker to easily change the name on the card. ***

There are several ways you can take attendance using these cards, such as using a pocket chart, on a magnetic board, or collecting cards in a bucket. 

Pocket Chart:
Students locate their name card from a small container as they come into the classroom, then place it into the pocket chart. When it come time to take attendance, you simply look for the names left in the bucket to see who is not here.

Magnetic Board:
After cutting out the owls, place a small piece of sticky-back magnetic tape on the back of each owl. If you do not have a magnetic board, you can use velcro dots to hang them anywhere around the room.
Just as the students do with the pocket chart method, they will also locate their name card, then placing it onto a magnetic board.

In a Bucket:
For this method, simply scatter the name cards on the carpet area before the students arrive each morning.  As they enter the classroom, they have to find their name card, and place it into a nearby designated container.  When it's time to take attendance, simply look to see who's names are left on the carpet.

Now that you've gotten a look at how to use these attendance cards, let's look at what others' are saying about this resource:

"Very cute way to take attendance!" (Colleen S)

"Love it!" (Donna W)

"...Creative approach to taking attendance."  (Cheryl D)

"Great resource" (Stephanie W)

"Love these! Thanks!  (Buyer)

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