Pencil Trivia

Pencil Trivia

Our school has bulletin boards up and down the hallways. Teachers take monthly turns adding student work to them. Often the bulletin boards reflect some major skill that has just been taught. Other times the bulletin boards are just fun. I thought for March 30, the day in history when the attached eraser to the pencil was patented, I would create a fun bulletin board.

Some Interesting Facts

On March 30, 1858, Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil with and eraser attached to the end. Before this bread crumbs were used as erasers.

Pencils will write in zero gravity and underwater.

The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times and can draw a line 35 miles long or write 45,000 words.

More than 14 billion pencils are produced yearly. This is enough to circle Earth 62 times.

The “lead” in pencils is actually a mixture of clay and graphite

Graphite is a crystallized form of carbon. A large deposit of it was discovered near Keswich, England in the mid 1500s.

Most pencils sold in the United States have erasers; whereas, most pencils sold in Europe are made without erasers.

Pencils were part of the basic equipment issued to Union soldiers during the Civil War.

More that half of all pencils are manufactured in China.


1795 – Nicolas-Jacques Conté – clay and graphite manufacturing process

1828 – Bernard Lassimone – first pencil sharpener

1822 – mechanical

Here is the idea:

  •  Students would research interesting facts about pencils.
  • Each student would select one fact and write it on a pencil shape. You can download the pencil pattern here.
  • The pencil shapes would be scattered all over the board.

Here are a few fun facts to get students started.  

Resources for Pencil Trivia


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Check out this section of my website for more bulletin board ideas.

Gay Miller



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