One Book, One Moore #4125

The One Book, One Moore program will include collaboration of teachers across multiple curricular areas and will be instrumental in connecting the book to learning objectives and social action. The title we are going to start the program with is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It is a true story about a boy in Malawi, Africa, who built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scraps. The prevalent themes of innovation, imagination, ingenuity, and problem-solving will connect curricular area concepts and objectives in all grade levels.

All students at Moore Middle School will have an opportunity to read the novel. Along with making connections to curriculum objectives, students will have an opportunity to extend their learning by taking part in a community cause as well as a global cause. Although William Kamkwamba's story takes place in Africa, the topics and issues encountered affect us all and include education, food production, energy, cultural transition, and international development. As students learn about William Kamkwamba's life and his motivation to make a better life for his family and village, they will also be asked to think about their own community's needs and to collaborate and use problem-solving skills and innovation to formulate and create solutions.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a global cause through Moving Windmills or the We Movement. In addition to these community and global actions, students will experience a greater appreciation for education and basic human needs as William Kamkwamba takes readers on his personal journey through famine and poverty, during which his greatest desire was to go to school and learn.

Deadline: 12/31/2017

Contact Information
Name: Sara Meier
Title: Library Media Specialist
School: Moore Middle School
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Grant Information
Amount Requested: $399
Budget Details: Requesting $350 plus cost reimbursement to purchase 50 copies of the book, The boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamwamba and Bryan Mealer.
Discipline Area(s):
Social Studies
Industrial Technology
Health/Physical Education
Family/Consumer Science
Grade Level(s) Impacted:

Funding: 100%