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    If they just memorize it the first week, then you won't have to make anything. I teach first grade, and they have to memorize a five digit number too. I make it the only "homework" for the first week of school, sending home a page that says:

    Please have your child memorize this five digit number by next week. We'll use it for lunch and other things. Your child's number is ________.

    Last year, all the parents took it seriously and everyone knew it. Now, there were a couple little ones who just couldn't quite retain it. So, what I had prepared ahead were some sticky labels from Staples (the little kind). I had pre-written everyone's number on the labels, and before we went to lunch, I would ask if there was anyone who didn't know there number and if they wanted a label (sometimes just for the security of it) I would stick it upside down on bottom inside of their shirts so that they could just flip it up when they needed it.

    (I would suggest really getting serious about having them memorize, because I gave them things to help them remember my first year, and some of them used it the whole year, never actually learning it)

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