Saturday, March 9, 2013

Incredible Adventures: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Incredible Adventures: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Ages 5-12

 Join us as we listen to the story of a 14-year-old boy in an African village who figured out how to build a windmill from items in a local junkyard, then make a pinwheel, a “galimoto”, collage art or take apart some broken appliances to reassemble the pieces into other forms.

Display books: 609 “inventions” incl. Girls Think of Everything 609.2273 THI, Wind and Windmill books The wind at work : an activity guide to windmills YA 621.45 Wind power : 20 projects to make with paper BB 621.312136 DOB 621.8 “simple machines”, Marvelous Mattie – B Knight, So You Want to Be an Inventor – St. George.   Now and Ben: The modern inventions of Ben Franklin --  609.2 Barretta,  Neo Leo : the ageless ideas of Leonardo da Vinci - Gene Barretta. – 609.2 BAR, Dotty Inventions 609 MOR, Gizmos & Gadgets 500 HAU, Horray for Inventors 609.22 WIL Picture books: Weslandia – Fleischman, Hoover’s Bride –Small, If I built a car/house –Van Dusen Henry’s Amazing Machine – Dodds  (not RA), Inventor McGregor – Pelley (not RA), Wendel’s Workshop –Riddell,  Wondrous Whirligig – Glass, Galimoto – Williams, 


sections from: Reading Rainbow: Galimoto as children are arriving

Talk about
 no “Toys R Us” in Africa, show map of Malawi: from

 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba (Dial, 2012) –picture book biography

Stations:  (African or World music playing e.g. “Africa Playground”)
o    Appliance deconstruction (supplies: broken small appliances, tools)

o    Pipe cleaner “galimotos”

o    Collage Art (supplies: paper, glue sticks, various paper scraps)

o    Optional additional stations: Experiments with Air, Simple Machines

Consider: Reading Rainbow: Alistair's Time Machine (DVD: How is it Made?) -- includes amusing inventions that never quite made it.
Another great title: It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

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