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    pencil plan
    By Lori

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    I have tried numerous plans in years past to solve the pencil problem. Two have worked equally as well. 1) I have given each child a pencil with their name on it at the beginning of each month and I explain that the student with the longest pencil on the last day of the month receives a dollar bill. They may sharpen only twice each day. Once before lessons begin and then again at the end of the school day. This cuts down greatly on pencils being sharpened.It's well worth the $10 and peace and quiet during the day. 2) This is the plan I use now... at the beginning of each marking period I give each student two, sharpened (yellow) pencils. At the start of each day I offer to trade "dead leads". I keep a pencil box full of sharpened pencils to trade. I only trade once each day and the students must do their own problem solving if they break two leads in a day's time. I do keep a "dead lead" box (of those I traded for) on my table in case a student needs to trade again during the day. Students may trade no more than two (yellow) pencils per day.
    I have a helper sharpen all "dead leads" collected that day to prep for the next day of trading. Works like a charm!


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