Pencil Honors! (The Great Pencil Challenge Part 2)

Hello dear friends! Well, it has been many weeks since my class first began The Great Pencil Challenge.
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.

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So, I am back with the promised Pencil Honors sign. This sign can be printed, laminated, and used to record students' names.

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!

29 comments

  1. Love, love, love. I definitely need to try this with my firsties!
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  2. I am definitely implementing this in my classroom starting this week! We are down to one pack and have 4 weeks left!! Thanks for the cute posters!

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  3. So cute! I downloaded and been following to see how the challenge is working out for you. :) I should truly get it together and make it happen. It's a fabulous plan!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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  4. I really love the stats portion of this. Way to keep it academically rigorous and challenging, yet fun at the same time. Fabulous Kristen, really fabulous!

    Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  5. We have been doing the pencil challenge for the last few weeks. I love it! I don't tell the kids when I am checking, so they have to be sure to have the pencil at all times. I even had one student who didn't want to lose it so he put it in his backpack for safe keeping. Lol. I had to explain the point is to have the pencil with him so he could use it. Thanks for the cute freebie!

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  6. YES!!! My whole team is doing it!! Thanks for a fabulous idea and some gorgeous signs!!

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  7. I love this, Kristen! And everything is so cute--with your help, our rooms all look good while we are trying to meet the challenge! Thanks for your always-generous shrinking!

    Kim
    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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  8. What a GREAT day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (( hugs ))
    Tiffany
    One Fab Teacher

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  9. Ummmmm .... saving pencils AND using fraction and percent conversions ... I think I'm in love. ♥

    Jen
    Runde's Room

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  10. Such a great idea and the posters are so cute.
    Thank you for all you do for us in the blogging world. I bet you are an amazing teacher. :)
    Antoinette

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  11. I wish I could use this, but my kids have a communal pencil bucket. I love the look though!
    Mels

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  12. Brilliant! I just went on maternity leave, but I look forward to doing the Great Pencil Challenge in the fall.

    Rachel
    thirdgradecupcakes@blogspot.com

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  13. Sounds like an AWESOME idea! I will be using this in the fall...but I'll have to give some kind of incentive with my second graders! After a few weeks most of them will be over having recognition and want a prize!

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  14. <3 this! Just tried it in my class and my 5th graders went CRAZY trying to hold on to their pencils! We're up to 2 weeks now... :) Thanks for sharing!

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  15. What an Awesome Idea! Thanks so much! Pencils are always an issue.... I can't wait to do this in my classroom.

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  16. Love love love!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  17. What do you suggest the Stats would be like for second graders?! Great idea and thanks for the freebie!!! Love it!

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  18. What do you suggest the Stats would be like for second graders?! Great idea and thanks for the freebie!!! Love it!

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  19. Brilliant! I also love that the reward is recognition rather than a prize! Way more motivational in the long run! Can't wait to try with my 2nd graders!

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  20. This is such an awesome idea. One of our teachers decided to use self adhesive pencil holders (from Really Good Stuff) on their desk. These signs will be an added plus. I'm trying to do less rewards and have more responsibility and accountability from my students this year.

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  21. This is such an awesome idea. One of our teachers decided to use self adhesive pencil holders (from Really Good Stuff) on their desk. These signs will be an added plus. I'm trying to do less rewards and have more responsibility and accountability from my students this year.

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  22. very nice! I am a special ed teacher so I have students coming in and out of my room all day! I put duct tape on the pencils in my room which signifies them as mine. If a student takes one accidentally I always get it back!

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  23. FINALLY!!! why didn't someone think of this before?? :) i hope my 5th graders will rise to this challenge.

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  24. Brillant! I can't wait to try this one. Thanks so very much!!

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  25. Question: Do you put the student's number on just ONE pencil for the week, or on several in case of breakage, etc? I'm trying to picture it. It sounds wonderful.

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    1. Hi Jeni! Yes, I just use one pencil. I've moved onto mechanical pencils now so that helps with breakage. The fact that the students only have one pencil to track makes them extra-responsible about keeping it for the week. :)

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