Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 | Resources

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Suggested Age: Grades 3-5

Submitted by Imelda Corpuz-Amano, School Librarian, Manoa Elementary School

Book: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer


Activity: Pre-reading activity


  • One copy of the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


  1. Chat with your child(ren) about windmills (what they are, how they operate and their function; possibly relate to idea of sustainability, natural resources or engineering).
  2. Chat about how not having enough water affects daily life and how people in other countries have to find water in creative ways.
  3. Read the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
  4. May want to share this video about the real William Kamkwamba from YouTube:


Post Reading Activity: Make a Pinwheel (closest to a windmill)


  • Paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Push pin


Follow eight short easy steps at the following site (includes pinwheel templates):

If your child is very curious about windmills and would like to build one, a kit may be available at Thinker Toys Kahala Mall OR online resources such as this:

YouTube videos of children making and experimenting with windmills:


Related Books: The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills paperback by Gretchen Woelfle, Katje the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle, and Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros.