And it has been going so well!! I’ve yet to buy a new package of pencils during my weekly errands and that makes for one happy 5th grade teacher.
We have our pencil check-in each Friday, so this is the time we conduct our ceremony of honors (which is nowhere as formal as it sounds).
As a quick way to work in some math, we have also begun recording the pencil stats. Which, for us in 5th grade, means a fraction converted to a decimal, then to a percentage of students who kept their pencils for the entire week. The stats could be recorded in a variety of ways, depending upon your grade level.
I compiled The Great Pencil Challenge poster and Pencil Honors poster into one file. If you’ve already downloaded this file, you will find a revised version if you download again.
Please click the preview below to see both posters, if you would like to use them…
Have you tried The Great Pencil Challenge? Is it working ok in your class? I hope so and would love to hear all about it!
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