Activity & Printable: A Pencil in the Hand of a Writing God


Showcase student work on this bulletin board inspired by Mother Teresa

by Sara Jonckheere

Mother Teresa gifted us with so many incredible and relatable quotes, so I couldn’t help but take one and turn it into a bulletin board idea. Students will make 3-D pencils with their names on it to add to the board around the quote from Mother Teresa, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”

You can also extend this idea so that the bulletin board acts as a display for student work and students can write about the quote, what it means to them, how they are spreading God’s love in their own lives, or how they are acting as God’s pencil.

"A pencil in the hands of a writing God" by Sara Jonckheere (CatholicTeacher.com)

Copyright 2017 Sara Jonckheere. All rights reserved.

Supplies Needed

White cardstock

FREE pencil craft printable with Mother Teresa quote (download here)

Scissors

Stapler

Black marker

Yellow, pink and silver paint, crayons, markers or colored pencils

To Prepare

"A pencil in the hands of a writing God" by Sara Jonckheere (CatholicTeacher.com)

Copyright 2017 Sara Jonckheere. All rights reserved.

Print out the pencil template on white card stock.

"A pencil in the hands of a writing God" by Sara Jonckheere (CatholicTeacher.com)

Copyright 2017 Sara Jonckheere. All rights reserved.

Color the pencil using paint, colored pencils, crayons or markers. For my bright colors, I used Kwik Stix, which are quick drying tempera paint sticks, but any coloring tool will work.

Use the black marker to color the tip of the pencil and write the students’ names right in the center.

Cut along the dotted line.

"A pencil in the hands of a writing God" by Sara Jonckheere (CatholicTeacher.com)

Copyright 2017 Sara Jonckheere. All rights reserved.

Roll the pencil up and staple the edges. This will be on the back of the bulletin board so you won’t see it, but you can use tape or glue to fasten the edges if you’d prefer.

Print out the Mother Teresa quote and hang it on the bulletin board. Spread out the student pencils on the bulletin board.

Ideas for Differentiation

Younger Students

  • Use this as a display board for student work. Under each pencil, leave a space to hang up each child’s work.
  • Have students write or draw (and then display by their pencil) how they are showing God’s love in our world that needs it so desperately.

Older Students

  • Have student write or draw about what God is using them for in this world. How are they being pencils in God’s hand?
  • Hang up samples of student writing underneath their name pencil on the bulletin board.
"A pencil in the hands of a writing God" by Sara Jonckheere (CatholicTeacher.com)

Copyright 2017 Sara Jonckheere. All rights reserved.

Sara Jonckheere is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She now creates digital curriculum and resources and shares teaching ideas on her blog, Sara J Creations.

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