The Great Pencil Challenge: Posters & Record Sheet

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share some updates to The Great Pencil Challenge (the green link will take you to the original post on this). I loved the challenge and it did help us save a ton of pencils...but we started late in the year and now I'd like to prepare for a new school year, with all the necessary items ready to go.

So. I'm updating The Great Pencil Challenge posters with a bit of a different look (to match my new classroom decor line I'm working on) along with some other goodies. This free file features...
The Great Pencil Challenge display sign

a Check-In poster to record the next date (we check our pencils on Fridays)

a Pencil Honors sign, to display above a list of students who kept their pencil for the week

a sign for The Stats...what fraction and/or percentage of students managed to keep their pencils for the week?

In addition to the display signs, this file also features a record sheet (actually, two! One with numbers, one without). This is something new I am going to use from the beginning of the year.

My students know that I always say "everything you do in class counts towards a grade"...but this can be hard to show with our pencil challenge. For me, I do want record of it because I DO count it towards a grade...their responsibility. 

That's where these sheets come in...
Though I really did make these for you, my dear friends because I will be using my beloved grade book app, iDoceo (you can read all about that by clicking on the green link!).

I have it all set up already, with a separate section for The Great Pencil Challenge. Each Friday, I will just do a quick check of whether or not the students have kept their pencils for the week...
So, if you would like any of these forms to use for next year with your class, please click on the preview image will take you to the free file in my TpT store:

I hope this challenge can be of help in your class as it has been in ours! Thanks for reading :)

Clipart by Miss Tiina at


  1. You rock my socks off! I'm setting up my classroom on Wednesday!

  2. I can't wait to use this with my fourth graders this year! I think it is a great way to encourage responsibility and help maintain our classroom supplies! Thank you!!

  3. Love, love, LOVE this idea!

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Love this! Thanks for setting up a whole system!

    Success in Second Grade

  5. Thank you for sharing these files!! I'm so excited to use this system next year so that I can hopefully keep my stash of pencils from running out like it did last year :)
    Fun in Room 4B

  6. Thanks for sharing these! I finally purchased the pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly last year and it was amazing how it cut down on kids needing to sharpen their pencils. Will be adding the Great Pencil Challenge to that this year.

    I Heart Teaching Elementary

  7. Pencils drive me crazy too! Love this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    Wild About Fifth Grade

  8. Thanks so much for sharing..I used this at the end of last year and the kiddos LOVED it!
    Rock Stars At Work

  9. Good Idea!! I had nightmares about pencils by the end of the year!

    Sending Tons of Teacher Love Your Way,


    Second Grade Serenade

  10. I bought golf pencils. You know, the little short pencils with no eraser?That's what my students are getting when they ask for something to write with. :)

    Although, I do love the idea of the pencil challenge.

  11. I love this addition to your pencil idea!! Grabbing a copy!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  12. You're so cute! I am going to have to implement this at the beginning of the year, too! It drives me nuts. Thank you for doing all of this hard work for us! :O)

    Have a great weekend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  13. I started doing your pencil challenge the last month of school, and it worked! The kids LOVED it and were so upset when they lost their pencil...and then were super excited if they found it afterward, lol!

    Thanks again for sharing your greatness. :)

    Teach On.


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