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Pencils and Papers
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
Submitted by: divey

When the students come in in the morning, I have 2 or 3 assignments for them to do. While they are working I pass around the "in box" (a basket/empty file tray/anything handy) and they put ALL things I need to see in it... notes from home, lunch money, homework, pictures for me, anything. At the same time, I also send around bowls (Gladware type) that have small handheld pencil sharpeners in them. The children sharpen their pencils, letting the shavings fall into the bowls, and then pass the bowls on. The last child empties the shavings and then puts the bowl back on the shelf. Both ideas keep the students in their seats in the morning, and allows me to get MY morning work done without interruptions and students up and down all of the time. (not to mention getting rid of the annoying sound of the electric pencil sharpener! )



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