The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Movie Guide Activities for Black History Month

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Need an easy STEM sub plan? Maybe a movie day incentive? Keep your students engaged and extend their STEM learning by watching The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)!

This film is based on the true story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba and his journey to end the drought plaguing his community by bringing wind power to his town in Malawi. Students will see William use the engineering design process to create a solution to a real-world problem and the role perseverance plays in the process.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie guide includes before, during, and after questions to keep your students engaged and learning throughout the entire "movie day." This means you are free to catch up on grades, hold conferences, hang out with your students, or take a much-needed sick day.

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What’s included in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie guide?

  • Printable PDF, Google, and Easel versions of the student assignment
  • 3 before the movie discussion questions to activate prior knowledge and explore misconceptions
  • 16 movie comprehension questions focused on STEM concepts
  • 3 after the movie activities to extend student learning
  • An answer key

Notes:

  • Please preview the video before using it with your students! Some of the movie dialogue is in Chichewa with English subtitles. The film has a TV-14 rating for mild profanity, violence and frightening/intense scenes.
  • You will need to ensure you have access to this video through a streaming platform or rent or buy the film before using the resource with your class.

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What are other teachers saying about The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie guide?

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"I liked the accountability of these comprehension questions for students to complete as they watched the movie. And the extensions were great! Ted Talk, Phet simulation, and a real-world application. Loved it!" - Candace W.

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"Thank you for such a thorough resource! Lots of activities and prompts to choose from!" - Jennifer C.

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"A simple and easy-to-use resource for my freshman integrated science kids. I like the before, during, and after viewing activities." - Apryl M.

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How can The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind movie guide be used in your classroom?

  • Introduce students to the engineering design process
  • Show students the importance of perseverance and moving past a fear of failure in engineering
  • Use the resource as a low-prep STEM sub plan
  • Give your students independent STEM work so you can catch up on grades or other paperwork
  • Use the film as a movie day incentive in STEM or Science class
  • Teach your students about an influential Black engineer for Black History Month
  • Watch the movie to celebrate National Engineers Week

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