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Children’s Lit Pick – April 2016

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Book of the Month | 0 comments

april book of monthEvery month we pick two books to spotlight, one picture book and one chapter book, and put them at 10% off! Check out the Knowledge Tree Blog, on the second week of the month, for a review of these books and some ideas for using them in your home or classroom!

 

 

And Then It’s Spring

By Julie Fogliano / Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

and then its spring

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they’ve had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

 

 

 

 

 

In the classroom:

  • ABC Teach has free Spring themed printable activity sheets and worksheets.
  • Macmillan Books offers a free printable worksheet that coincides with “And Then It’s Spring.”
  • Chat the “Signs of Spring” with these two free printable worksheets from ABC Teach and The Teachers Guide.

 

 

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

By Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba

boy who harnessed the wind

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala–crazy–but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

 

 

 

In the Classroom:

  • Let William Kankwamba tell your students, himself, how he did it all in this TED Talk.
  • Or by visiting and exploring his blog.
  • Novelinks provides teachers with “reading activities” to go along with a reading of this book.
  • LitLovers offers a list on discussion inducing question to accompany this book.
  • Boston University Libraries offers an array of discussion questions, classroom activities, videos, photos, cultural and country based information, and so on.
  • University of North Carolina offers a free lesson plan on harnessing wind energy.

 

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