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I have a procedure in my classroom for pencils. I know that a lot of teachers have the sharp bucket and the broken bucket, but that just doesn't work for me. This is the procedure that I teach on the first day of school.
- Students enter the room, put away their things, and get ready for the day to begin.
- I stand by my electric pencil sharpener by the door as kids are arriving.
- Students may bring me 2 pencils to sharpen. This needs to be done before the announcements start. That means they have about 10-15 minutes. This is plenty of time for everyone to get their pencils sharpened for the day.
- If your pencil breaks during the course of the day you have 2 options. You may borrow from another classmate or you may write with a crayon.
This worked great in my 2nd grade classroom and I know my 4th graders will be able to do this as well. I am not trying to be harsh, but I don't want to waste time during the day sharpening pencils or hearing the horrible sounds that a pencil sharpener makes. I also want kids to realize that losing or breaking pencils on purpose isn't rewarded by getting a new pencil.
I like my pencil sharpener. It is just a regular electric one. I asked for it for Christmas 2 years ago because I HATE the manual ones. This is the pencil sharpener that I will be asking for this Christmas.☺I have only heard great things about it.
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EEK! I don't like admitting that! This is the year that changes. I wrote about making a space on my walls specifically for anchor charts HERE.
Here are pictures of my walls all ready for anchor charts!
My district's curriculum calls for anchor charts weekly, so I will be adding them to my lesson plans and prepping them a week at a time. I have planned my first week and I know what anchor charts I want to use, so I prepared my anchor charts yesterday. Here are some pictures:
|Reading - this will incorporate our first lesson and the first 2 CAFE pieces.|
|Math - We will define the words and do an activity together in the rest of the space.|
|Writing - We will fill in each step of the writing process and share what we know about each one.|
|Math - Reviewing place value is always a big deal.|
|Science - The top is for student responses, the middle is for the real definition and some characteristics of weather. The bottom will be for recording the weather for 2 weeks. Then we will compile the data and make a graph online.|
The biggest part of the anchor chart process is going to be having them available for students to reference. Since we will only have one anchor chart per content area showing at a time, they will copy the chart into their respective journals as I am creating it on the big chart paper. That way they have a copy to keep and reference even after it has been covered with a new chart.
Ooh, ooh! I will also be using Kristen's method of organizing the charts as they begin to fill up the wall. Take a look at this!
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Do you use anchor charts? What do you do about the pencil situation? I love learning about all the solutions teachers devise!