LEARN SOMETHING NEW 2014

Ahhhh, “Learn Something New” day. This is one of my favorite special projects in Fifth Grade every year. The students are challenged to take home a non-fiction book that will teach them something, and then share it with the class. We’ve had everything from go-karts to fairy houses in the past. Here are a few standouts from Mrs. Keane’s class this year:

boywhoharnessedthewind_zunonWhen the students had finished sharing their learning, I read THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND, by William Kamkwamba.  This is the ultimate “learn something new” book!  It is the true story of a fourteen-year old boy living in drought ravaged Africa who learned how to make a windmill to bring electricity and running water to his poor village.  And how did he learn to make the windmill?  From a BOOK that he got at his LIBRARY!!  Hurray for creativity and determination.

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