Has your class ever been interrupted by a student who can't find a pencil or needs one sharpened? Here's a quick fix!
Create one jar for sharpened pencils and one jar for dull pencils. When students need a newly sharpened pencil, have them exchange the old for the new! In my classroom, students don't even need to ask to make this exchange. They get what they need, come back to their seats, and get back to work! At the end of the day, I have a student responsible for sharpening all of the dull pencils so that we are ready to go for the next day.