Pencil Points

This comparison-contrast lesson begins as a consumer report on a modification of the pencil, an everyday object that has slowly changed over centuries. The KidsPost articles provide the historic background and process for the creation of a liquid graphite pencil. A chart for recording student evaluations is provided. After discussing and preparing graphs of their results, students create advertisements as persuasive posters and/or write a business letter. The Word Study takes a look at graphite. Vocabulary development, Web resources, and enrichment activity and a Word Find for younger students are included.

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