Sunday, July 21, 2013

Science Mentor Text: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

I'm excited to link back up with Collaboration Cuties {Amanda & Stacia}! I missed them last week when I was on vacation.
This week's topic is science. I like to incorporate fiction and non-fiction, especially more now with Common Core.
I'm excited to add The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to my book collection. I stumbled across this book this summer and can't wait to share it with you and my students!
Amazon's description:
When fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought, everyone's crops began to fail. Without enough money for food, let alone school, William spent his days in the library . . . and figured out how to bring electricity to his village. Persevering against the odds, William built a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps, and thus became the local hero who harnessed the wind.

Lyrically told and gloriously illustrated, this story will inspire many as it shows how - even in the worst of times - a great idea and a lot of hard work can still rock the world.
Here's a TED video with William Kamkwamba telling how he built the windmill. Very inspiring and great for science process-he saw a problem and tested different ways to fix it.
Such an amazing young man!

After reading about wind energy in our science text, my students fill out a fact poster to make all the important information appealing! They can use written facts and/or illustrations. 
These posters are great for main idea and details, interactive notebooks, or a bulletin board. I sometimes will let them use them as their notes pages for quizzes/tests, so they're more likely to put "the most important" information on their posters.
If you'd like a copy, click here and download for free!
Be kind and leave feedback if you download. 

The winners for my Pin to Win Synonym Work Mats and Synonym Posters & Rings are:
Christine and AMC! Check your email!

Congratulations and thank you all for participating!



  1. What a cool book and video. I love sharing with my kiddos how they can make a difference even at a young age. I will have to check this book out. Thanks!

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  2. I JUST saw this on Amazon and thought this looked like a really neat book! I do not know how I'm gonna afford all of the books I want!! They are all so good! Thank you so much for linking this up!!

    Collaboration Cuties

  3. I remember hearing that story, but didn't know there was a book I could share with my kiddos! :) It looks really great!


  4. WOW! Sounds great! Going to have to get this one and add it to my library :)


  5. My head is spinning with all the ways I could use this book in my classroom. Thanks for the link to the video! I have to go pin this now.

  6. This looks like a great read for my science station. :). Adding it to my list. Thanks.
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  7. Love the poster! Thanks so much! :)


  8. I love the plot of this story. Integrating a perseverance theme with a science topic sounds like a great story to me!

    Thank you for sharing.


  9. What an amazing book that leads students to think beyond their own world.
    Thank you for the free download!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun


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