Are you seriously frustrated with the number of pencils your students lose??? I know I was. I blogged about a pencil holder I made for my kids that worked really well. You can read about that post here. However, as educators we are always striving to improve. This year, I'd like to introduce you to my newest pencil loss solution! It's so simple and effective you'll wish you knew about it sooner.
Go to the store and buy 2 things - bubble tea (aka milkshake) straws and duct tape. I teach second grade so I bought really cute gummy bear duct tape from Staples.
Cut your straws so they are about 3 inches long. Use a piece of duct tape to attach a straw to each student's desk. That's it!
Remind students that their pencil LIVES in it's "home" when it is not being used. Do random pencil checks and give out stickers if needed. Get your kids excited about taking care of their pencil. (p.s., I keep a stockpile of sharpened ones on my desk which I quickly trade with a student it their's breaks).
I'm going on DAY 26 people! Seriously, DAY 26 without losing a pencil. In second grade.