How to Write on a Chalk Board

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How to Write on a Chalk Board
Use a chalkboard to teach. (child's mini chalkboard - apple image by samantha grandy from

Chalk and chalkboards are iconic symbols of school and learning. They are effectively used to teach students of all ages. Chalkboards offer instructors a large area to write that an entire room of students can see. The work of the day can then be quickly erased from a chalkboard to make room for a new lesson. There are many tools available that have made using a chalkboard easy to use. Try different instruments to write on a chalkboard.

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Things you need

  • Chalkboard erasers
  • Warm soapy water
  • Washcloths
  • White chalk
  • Dustless chalk
  • Chalk pens

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    Clean the chalkboard. To begin writing on a chalkboard, it must first be clean. Use a felt chalkboard eraser to take off all the chalk writing on the board. Get a bucket or bowl of warm soapy (dish soap) water. Wet a wash cloth in the soapy water and use it to wipe off the chalkboard. Use a dry washcloth to wipe the chalkboard dry.

  2. 2

    Use classic white or yellow chalk to write on a chalkboard. White or yellow chalk is easy to see from a long distance.

  3. 3

    Use dustless chalk to write on a chalkboard. Dustless chalk is a more natural alternative to classic white chalk. Inventor Spot says, "By mixing finely ground waste scallop shells into their chalk matrix, Nihon Rikagaku [a company] has come up with chalk that offers brighter colors and less dust." Dustless chalk is good for classrooms that also house computers. Chalk dust can settle inside computers and may be harmful to them.

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    Use chalk pens to write on a chalkboard. Chalk pens look like chalk, but are actually pens. They do not produce any dust. You can erase the marking, but you may have to use water and soap to get it off. Chalk pens can also be used on other non-porous surfaces.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean chalkboard erasers by smackng them together.
  • Use a damp rag to clean chalk dust off of clothes and other surfaces.

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