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Old 06-12-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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Ladies,

I read here that many teachers use a "sharp pencil" caddy and a "broken pencil" caddy. I also remember someone saying that they had a can with a smiley face on for the sharp pencils and a frown face on the can for broken pencils. I think I have even seen pictures of yellow cans with the faces on, but I can't find these cans anywhere.

I did a search online for pencil holders, but did not find anything that reminded me of these cans with smiley faces on. Does anyone know where we can find them? I guess I could even make them myself, but I would rather buy some.

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Old 06-12-2010, 02:35 PM
 
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They are so easy to make... I have actually made plenty... last year i used two empty cylinder baby wipe containers. I also have washed out canned food cans and covered with contact paper, paint, or construction paper. Then i made what I wanted on through word and printed them out and attached to the container.

I believe Really Good stuff has things that you could buy
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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I use two Folgers coffee containers. One is green for sharpened and the other is red for needs to be sharpened. If you want to spend the money, here is the link.

http://shop.reallygoodstuff.com/prod...ks&from=Search
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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I like to use frosting containers after I bake a cake. I just decorate the paper, laminate it and tape it on. Then it is good to go!
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I have the ones from Really Good Stuff. They are just cardboard, and although they have held up better than I thought, I still wouldn't buy them again. They also aren't too big, just adequate. I like the frosting can idea!


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Old 06-12-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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I just use a couple of plastic cups I got from the Dollar Tree. It seems to do the job, and I was able to get the colors to match my classroom. I like the frosting can idea as well. It would give me an excuse to bake some cake!
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Bocalopez, thank you for the link. They are so cute! However, I agree with 3rdgradequeen that cardboard may not be a good choice.

You all have given me great ideas to make my own. I will give it a try!

Thank you,
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I use plastic drinking straw holders. They work great!
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I use these long narrow baskets. http://shop.reallygoodstuff.com/prod...ks&from=Search
I like them because they fit on the chalkboard ledge. I bought mine at walmart in a pack of 2 I think. They are just plain white. I used an index card to label them. I stood the card up in the back of the basket and put the tape across the back pushing it in the slits of the basket. I even rolled up some masking tape to secure the bottom to the ledge. It worked great for me.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:12 PM
 
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I have one of those three drawer organizers that fits on a shelf. One of the drawers is for sharpened pencils.

Lost pencils or ones that are left in class or broken ones are just kept in a pencil organizer (looks like the frosting can only is black wire) that i bought at Wal-mart.

I teach departmentalized and some children come to class every day without a pencil.

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Old 06-12-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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Staples used to have really good on-line deals. I got black mesh metal pencil cups. I have them in 2 sizes. They were about a dollar on sale when I bought them. I use them for pencils, pens, and craft sticks with the kids' names on them.
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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I went to Target and bought 2 of their tin pail from the dollar section. They had a lot of colors, and I just wrote on the "sharpened pencils" and "broken pencils" with paint pens. VERY EASY!!
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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I just purchased some really cute flower pots and labeled them Sharpened and Dull. It works great and the colors match the rest of my classroom.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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In the summertime garden section, they have REALLY cute double "flower pots" with a handle connecting the two. They come in bright colors and they are metal. I have had mine forever. I guess they are supposed to be flower pots, but there is no hole for drainage?!????!! Several teachers at my school saw them and bought their own! Plus, they are cheap! (7.00 maybe?--less on end of summer clearance or with coupon)
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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Thank you ladies!!

I love the idea of flower pots, especially the bright colors and metal ones. I actually remember one year when the principal bought some of these little flower pots and put in some goodies for the new teachers at the beginning of the year.

Emmy, I like it how you have your things organized.

Thank you for all the tips.

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Old 06-12-2010, 08:33 PM
 
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work really well too. I have used cashews and mixed nuts.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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I also use flower pots. I don't remember how I came to have them, but I put them to good use.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:46 PM
 
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I used two same sized boxes. Then I covered them in laminate paper and then made little signs with pictures on it that I laminated. They have lasted five or six years now.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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To save space (because I have none ) I use one can for both. The students know if the pencil is in the can, eraser top showing, it needs to be sharpened. Otherwise you can see the sharpened pencils because they are placed in the can with the sharpened edge showing. My first graders seem to handle this procedure okay, and you can see the sharpened edge at an eyes glance. Hope this makes since!! I go to a craftshow twice a year and had one personally painted for me. It's a small galvanized bucket labled "pencils".It should last until I retire..
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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I used a system like this from really good stuff
http://shop.reallygoodstuff.com/prod...ks&from=Search

However eventually my students hoarded all of the pencils for themselves.
So I just pass around a basket to each table every day and they toss in the pencils they need sharpened and I return them by the next morning.
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bought my flower pots
Old 06-21-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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I went to Target today and they had those shiny aluminum flower pots (with no holes on the bottom) for $1.00. I bought 3 (green, orange, and silver) - 1 for broken pencils, 1 for sharpened pencils, and 1 to put popsicle sticks in (with students' names on).

I LOVE them!!!

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