The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Resource Set

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba together tell the inspiring story of William’s quest to bring water and electricity to his drought-ridden village in Malawi, Africa. Wondering what made things “go” had always been a favorite past time for William, but when he was forced to leave school due to a lack of money, he spent his days at the library pouring through books. One day, a picture of a windmill caught his eye, and Willam sprang into action. Readers will learn to comprehend biographies as they work to make connections to the text, make inferences about William’s life, and identify the author’s purpose for writing this story.

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  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Possessive Nouns
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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CCSS Alignment
TEKS Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Connections: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.9 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Inferences: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Making Predictions: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.3 RI.3.5 RI.3.8 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Word Work: RF.3.3 RF.3.4
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
  • Asking Questions: 3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: 3.10A 3.10B 3.10C 3.10D 3.10F 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii) K.5H
  • Making Connections: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Making Inferences: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Making Predictions: 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)
  • Word Work: 3.2A(ii)
  • Vocabulary: 3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F
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    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    In The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, readers will be introduced to William's life, which may be very different than what most of them have experienced. This set of resources will support students as they ask questions and use the story and illustrations to find answers, leading to a better and deeper understanding of the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13A 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Authors Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba share the message of working hard to achieve your goals in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This biography offers the perfect opportunity for readers to practice identifying the author's purpose with this ready-to-use resource set.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.10A 3.10B 3.10C 3.10D 3.10F 3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.8C 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii) K.5H

    Making Connections with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Teach readers to combine what they already know about working hard and the power of determination, with the information presented in the text to make important connections to the story of William's life that is shared in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.5 RI.3.7 RI.3.9 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6E 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Making Inferences with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    The engaging text and illustrations presented in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind support readers as they work to make inferences about William's life. This making inferences mini lesson will spark student thinking about how inferring helps them understand both his struggles and successes.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.4 RI.3.7 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6F 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7G 3.9D(i) 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    Making Predictions with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind provides deep and meaningful text and illustrations for readers to use when they make predictions about what will logically happen next in William's life. This focused mini lesson offers a step-by-step guide for students as they work through making predictions while reading the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RI.3.1 RI.3.10 RI.3.2 RI.3.3 RI.3.5 RI.3.8 SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.13C 3.13E 3.13H 3.1A 3.1C 3.1D 3.1E 3.6A 3.6B 3.6C 3.6I 3.7A 3.7B 3.7C 3.7D 3.7E 3.7F 3.7G 3.9D(ii) 3.9D(iii)

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Word Work - Possessive Nouns

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about possessive nouns. Either download The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.3.3 RF.3.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.2A(ii)

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. And this classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
    TEKS Alignment:

    3.3A 3.3B 3.7E 3.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Resource Set.

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