While working on a unit to teach my class how to write explanations, I came across this video called “How it’s made: Pencils” and I have to say I found it quite fascinating! Ok, maybe I’m easily amused, but my class really enjoyed it too. We watched it, then watched it again and drew flowcharts of the process, then wrote explanations titled “How are pencils made?”
I think this video would be of interest for other reasons too, if only to show children how machines are designed to perform specific tasks and how quick they can be. Did you know that the machine that stamps the writing onto the side of the pencil can stamp 500 pencils a minute? Sometimes it’s nice to think about where something you take for granted comes from.