Every 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
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.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba
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.