Start School Right With These Fun Free Printables
Enjoy Ten Fun Facts About Back To School and print it off to share with your students. Follow-up questions are also included.
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- Each standard graphite pencil has enough graphite to draw a line 35 miles long or write 45,000 words. Note: This theory has not been tested. (See 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Pencils at Discovery Magazine to Learn More Fun Facts About them. Like, you can’t really get lead poisoning by being stuck with a pencil. Who knew?)
- In the United States, the oldest school was Boston’s Latin School. It opened on April 23, 1635. 5 people who signed the Declaration of Independence attended Boston’s Latin School: Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper.
- Originally Crayola Crayons came in packs of 8. Now they come in packs up to 120! The most popular color crayon is blue. The largest crayon in the world is Big Blue. Big Blue is 1500 pounds and 15 feet long! The average child wears down 720 crayons by age ten!
- If your pencil sharpener gets dull you can wrap your pencil in aluminum foil and it will sharpen the blades for you.
- If you chew the same flavor gum you chewed while studying for a test for five minutes before taking the actual test, it can improve your memory and your results significantly 🙂 Note: Chewing it during the test actually works against you.
- High School was not introduced in the U.S. until 1910 and it was the 1930’s before most students attended. Before then, students attended only through Grade Eight.
- In Armenia, all children aged 6 and up are taught chess at school, as it is a mandatory part of their curriculum.
- Finland has one of the oldest school starting ages in the world, as well as one of the most successful education systems. It’s seven years old.
- One of the subjects taught in Icelandic schools is knitting.
- Students in China receive the most homework in the world. They complete about fourteen hours a week!
I hope you enjoyed these fun facts. This offers a great ice-breaking opportunity for the first day of school. I have a printout of the Fun Facts below as well as some leading questions for you to ask your students based on their reactions to the Ten Fun Facts About Back To School!
Ten Fun Facts About Back To School Leading Questions
Keep the conversation going by asking students questions about the Fun Facts.
- A single pencil can draw a line 35 miles long! Did you know that the longest tunnel in the entire world is 35 miles long? It was built in Switzerland and is called the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It’s a rail tunnel and it took seventeen years to build!
- A single pencil can also write about 45,000 words! How many pages do you suppose 45,000 words can fill?
- Answer: 90 to 100 pages is 45,000 words
- Boston’s Latin School delivered some amazing Patriots. Who can tell us something about Benjamin Franklin? Who knows something interesting about John Hancock?
- Do you think you had used more or less than 720 crayons by the time you turned ten? What was your favorite color crayon?
- Do you think completing school through eighth grade would be enough to prepare you for a successful future? Why or Why not?
- If you had to choose, would you rather learn to play chess like the students in Armenia or would you rather learn to knit like the students in Icelandic schools? Why?
- The students in China must do fourteen hours of homework a week! How much homework do you think is enough?
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We hope that everyone has an incredible start to the new school year! We love learning so we are so ready to get started!
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