Power of the PEN (and Pencil)

45 min.

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Wonder of the Day #309

How Does an Eraser Work?


Understand that drawing is a life skill

Big Idea

Drawings can change the world

Graphite (/ˈɡræfaɪt/), archaically referred to as plumbago, is a crystalline form of the element carbon with its atoms arranged in a hexagonal structure. It occurs naturally in this form and is the most stable form of carbon under standard conditions. Under high pressures and temperatures it converts to diamond. Graphite is used in pencils and lubricants. It is a good conductor of heat and electricity. Its high conductivity makes it useful in electronic products such as electrodes, batteries, and solar panels.

Read My Pen by Christopher Myers

My pen

Christopher Myers ends the book with
"There are a million pens in the world and each one has a million worlds inside it - So if you have a pen, see what you can do-Let those world inside your pen out!"

Encourage students to complete continuous line drawings of their friends.

Research history of drawing with chalk, charcoal, graphite, conte crayons, and ink.

Koh-i-Noor Hardtmuth -The company was founded in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth of Austria. In 1802, the company patented the first pencil lead made from a combination of kaolin and graphite.
Faber-Castell is one of the world's largest and oldest manufacturers of pens, pencils, other office supplies and art supplies.

Books to share:

Pencil Art Workshop by Matt Rota

Pencil Art Workshop

The Big Adventure of a Little Line by Serge Bloch

Big Adventure of a Little Line

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Harold and the purple crayon

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful oops!

Visit art museums, like the Cleveland Museum of Art --and, keep a sketchbook!


Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

Review Wonderopolis link on history of ink