The Geography Of A Pencil

How do you talk about large-scale impacts and connections? In this activity, students map the origins of a pencil; predict and map trade and transport networks and consider global connections.

pencil for blog

Photograph by Ruben Heynderycx, My Shot

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • identify component parts of a pencil
  • recognize major producing countries of pencil materials on a map
  • create maps of trade and transport networks
  • discuss global trade and identify factors that affect it

Skills Summary 

This activity targets the following skills:

21st Century Themes

  • Global Awareness

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Analyzing
  • Understanding

Geographic Skills

  • Acquiring Geographic Information
  • Analyzing Geographic Information
  • Organizing Geographic Information

Featured photograph by: Irshad Farouk, Myshot

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