"I put an absent folder on my absent student's desk. The students at their table will make sure they get all of the work we do that day put in their folder. I do check their folder at the end of the day and make sure there are not tests or activities that can only be done whole class. Then, when that student returns the next day, they put their folder in their backpack. The instructions to the parents are on the folder." so smart!
Quiet Critters - They live in a soundproof jar only come out when it's quiet. They don't like a noisy classroom! During quiet work time you can pop one on each student's desk. If they are noisy you can move the critter to the side of their desk as a warning. If they continue to be noisy, the critter is returned to the jar. At the end of the lesson, whoever still has a critter on their desk can change it over for a sticker, points or other incentive.