Are you desperately trying to find a new way to help with the pencil war in your classroom? Are you wasting instructional time? Here is a new rule that I put into place in my class in 3rd grade (but will work for any grade level). Each night for homework, they take 2 pencils home to sharpen them. Have them keep their small pencil sharpeners at home. They bring them back the next day and are ready in case one of their pencils break!