Did you know that pencils don’t contain lead? I sure didn’t. A few weeks back a colleague received a phone call from the nurse at her son’s school. There had been an incident that perhaps involved a pencil being poked into a palm. Panic! Lead poisoning? My colleague rushed to the school. Fortunately, no pencil was involved and her son was fine. Come to find out the stuff we call pencil lead is actually just a mixture of clay and graphite. Who knew? My tiny bit of research revealed that lead has never been used in pencils, however at one time the paint on pencils did contain lead. Interesting!
Since I’m rambling on about pencils, I may as well share a bit of pencil trivia that I discovered:
• You can write underwater with a pencil. (I haven’t tried this!)
• Supposedly an average pencil holds enough graphite to write roughly 45,000 words. (If you’re tempted to test this one, let me know how it goes!)
• Before pencils had erasers, writers used bread crumbs to erase their mistakes. (Wow, I would need to keep a loaf handy at all times!)
• The world’s largest pencil resides in Casey, Illinois. It’s 76 feet long!
So how is your classroom pencil supply? Are you in need of reinforcements?
Making a point,