Monday, July 23, 2018

The Great Pencil Challenge

Ladybug's Teacher Files Great Pencil Challenge
So I'm implementing Ladybug's Teacher Files "Great Pencil Challenge" in my 2nd grade classroom next year. I wanted a way to teach responsibility and also conserve the pencils that my students bring in. In the past my students have had unlimited access to brand new pencils and we were always out of them by March or April and they brought in 8 packs each! It's my first year doing it so after doing some research, here's what I came up with....

At the beginning of each month, students will get a brand new sharpened pencil with their number on it. The challenge is to have that same pencil by the end of the month. Any student who has their challenge pencil by the end of the month will get a brag tag.
  • I intend to have a cup of "emergency pencils" in case theirs breaks during the day.
  • If their pencil is dull at the end of the day, they have the option to put it in the "to be sharpened" cup.
  • Once their pencil gets too small to sharpen, I'll replace it with a new challenge pencil and it won't count against them. 
What do you do in your classroom to manage pencils? Do you think this is an idea that you could implement?

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