The man who walked between the towers

This week, grade 1-5 have read the awe-inspiring book, The man who walked between the towers by Mordicai Gerstein. This beautifully illustrated book tells the true story of Philippe Petit who walked on a tight rope between the twin towers in NYC in 1974. It was a good opportunity for classes to discuss what happened on September 11, 2001, but also to marvel at Philippe Petit’s courage.

You can watch a slide show of his feat here:

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Roly Poly Pangolin

This week ELC classes read Anna Dewdney’s beautiful book, Roly Poly Pangolin. Unfortunately we don’t have this book in our library yet (but will get it in our next book order), but we can read it online for free thanks to http://www.wegivebooks.org. Parents and students can use our BIFS library login: username: BIFSlibrary and password: read. This book shows the power of friendship to help us learn confiden

We also needed to learn a bit more about pangolins and watched this video:

The boy who harnessed the wind

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” – Thomas Edison 

This week Grade 2-5 classes read the amazing story about William Kamkwamba, who, as a boy in Malawi, made a windmill from scrap materials. Firstly we had to find out where Malawi was and we used the excellent interactive map at SheppardSoftware.com.

William, whose family was too poor to send him to school, was able to borrow a book from a small community library and, from just a picture of a windmill, worked out how to generate electricity from wind power. His remarkable story is told in his two books entitled The boy who harnessed the wind (one a chapter book and the other a picture book), both co-written by Bryan Mealer. We also watched a documentary of his story and you can watch it here:

The little engine that could

This week ELC & Grade 1 classes have read the classic story The Little Engine That Could by the mysterious Watty Piper (no one has ever met him!). Although we do have a small copy of this book, we enjoyed reading this story online at the fabulous website WeGiveBooks.org. To read books online you can register for your own free login or use the BIFS library login:username = bifslibrary, password = read. After logging in you can choose READ on the top menu and then search for ‘The little engine that could’. There are many other great books available.

http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/the-little-engine-that-could/reader

Optical illusions and microsculptures

This week we’ve been talking about optical illusions and the things our eyes cannot see.  ELC – Grade 5 have really enjoyed the book Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld.  We’ve had fun looking at many other optical illusions in various books in the library.

We also looked at amazing images taken with a scanning electron microscope and learned about the work of microsculptor Willard Wigan and you can watch it here: