Tracking Students' Pencil Management

I wanted to share some updates to The Great Pencil Challenge (the green link will take you to the original post on this free management system). I love the challenge and it has helped us keep track of our pencils with great success...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've updated The Great Pencil Challenge posters with a bit of a different look, along with some other goodies. This free file features the following signs:

I display our signs on the whiteboard so we can calculate the statistics by representing the fraction, decimal, and percent...for the rare occasions when we don't have a 100% rate (!):

In addition to the display signs, this resource also features a record sheet (actually, two! One with numbers, one without). 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 like to keep track of their responsibility.

ETA: I no longer use this tracking sheet. I now keep track of my students' pencil management in my checklist book, under the management tab. You can read more about this here: 

I use a Pencil Check sheet from my Instant Checklists resource, which saves me precious time in writing my students' names (I just have to type them one time and all checklists are ready to print):

Would you like to try The Great Pencil Challenge in your class? Please click on the image below to access the free resources:

I hope this challenge will be as helpful in your class as it has been in ours! Thank you for reading!


Do you keep checklists? This resource will have you keeping track of everything, in an instant:


  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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