On this day in 1858 a patent was granted for attaching an eraser to the end of the pencil. What an amazing update to an already incredible invention!
The yellow pencil is one of the most recognized school supplies of all time. It is indeed one of our earliest writing tools.
If you would like to find out how pencils are made I can recommend this great book: How is a Pencil Made? It outlines production from start to finish and just happens to be aligned with learning standards if that is your thing!
Pencils can be not only a tool for writing, but a tool for art.
The gradual change from light to dark is created by shading. You can create a unique piece of art of your own by creating light and dark areas with just a pencil. Download this FREE worksheet!
TIP: this activity works best with a #2 pencil and not mechanical pencils.
If you would like to learn more about how Pencils are made and create this awesome mini book,
head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store where you can get my Pencil Activity Pack . It contains easy to use QR codes to three different videos about how pencils are made as well as the mini book pattern shown in the picture in both color and black and white.
Here are a few sample pages from the packet:
The packet also contains Fun Pencil flags that are ready to print and share or you can design your own!
At the very least I hope you will do all your work today in PENCIL. And don’t worry about those mistakes… I’m thinking that’s why the eraser was invented! We’ll have to see on National Eraser day! It’s on April 15th!
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