I know there have been threads here about pencils before and there are many different strategies around them. I have two cans - one with sharpened pencils and pencils that need to be sharpened. It's worked out pretty well and most of the kids use the system responsibly. One of my first grade boys has decided it's a fun game to get a pencil and break the point so he can get up and get another one. I've made him start checking with me before he gets up, but then he just follows me around to show me the broken pencil. I've also tried giving him a pen to use, but then naturally the other kids all want to use pens also. Now another student has decided he's going to play the break-the-pencil game too. Twice this last week, it's gotten to the point where there have been no pencils left, including in my reserve, and I've had to sharpen more during class time. Someone suggested that I make him use crayon on all his assignments, but that's not going to be very helpful when it comes to handwriting. Has anyone faced this game before?