The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Novel Study

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Nitty Gritty Science
Grade Levels
5th - 9th, Homeschool
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Used as a science summer reading packet! Engaging and simple tasks and questions for an amazing book!
Loved it! Helped my kids stay on track reading and making connections with what we are studying.Thanks!


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind novel study is based on the young reader’s edition. This exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world.

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

This novel study was created to be used in the secondary science classroom with a major focus on science vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  • No-prep, and extremely user-friendly, this novel study is perfect for the whole class, small group, or independent study. 

  • Perfect for distance learning. Both print and digital versions are available so students can access the digital version from home or school.

  • Excellent for school OR homeschool. No-prep and so easy for teachers, parents, and students to follow!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Novel Study is broken down into word study sections and a final project:

Before You Read p 3

Word Study: Chapters 1-2 pp 4-6

Word Study: Chapters 3-4 pp 7-10

Word Study: Chapters 5-8 pp 11-12

Word: Study: Chapters 9-10 pp 13-16

Word Study: Chapters 11 -13 pp 17-19

Word Study: Chapters 14-15 pp 20-21

Podcast Project p 22

*Answer key is also included.


The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Young Readers Edition product details:

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780147510426
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0147510426
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 10 years and up
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 860L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 5 - 9

Copyright © Nitty Gritty Science, LLC. All rights reserved by author Dr. Erica Colón. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.

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