I like the idea of having a folder with everything they need. Less clutter on the table and easy to send home with students on the first day who do not show. First Grader.: Meet the Teacher Tips, Ideas, & Freebies
The way it works is that when I need the class to quiet down, I start counting backwards from five: If I get to and there is even one student talking, I get the tally point. If the entire class is quiet, they get the point.