Last Monday, during our science lesson in English we looked at different kinds of mills, do you remember?
We also went over two different uses of wind mills in Majorca: pumping water and grinding grain.
You made very nice drawings in your notebook. Some students were very good!
From traditional Majorcan mills we moved to wind farms that are used to produce electricity.
Today, following the wind mill thread, we shall move from Majorca to a tiny village in Malawi, Africa, and we shall listen to an inspiring story of a boy, William, who built a wind mill to produce electricity. He got inspiration from a book he had got from a library. In his village there was not electricity, but nothing stopped him… I hope you shall get inspiration from his story.
We set off this year with a visit to a library, the story of William, the boy who harnessed the wind started in a library too. When you watch the video, I would like you to concentrate and to look closely at the library where William borowed the book that inspired him. What do you think of it?
Do you know where Malawi is?
In a remote village of Malawi lived a boy named William Kamkwamba. He got to be known as the boy who harnessed the wind.
Look at the meaning of the word harness in the dictionary and find out about William’s story.
Watch this you tube video and answer the questions: Homework for Tuesday 2nd November
As usual, copy the questions and answers in your notebook and post answers to the blog. In the blog, remember not to repeat a question that has already been answered, unless it is to correct it.
Everyone must post a comment on the video too. Did you find William’s story inspiring? Did you learn anything? What were the new words you learnt?
1) How old is Willian in the video?
2) How many families live in his village?
3) Why did he have to drop school?
4) How many dollars a year do you have to pay to go to school?
5) When did he build his windmill? which year was that?
6) How long did it take him to build his first windmill?
7) How old was him when he built it?
8) Did he build only one mill?
9) What did he use the electricity produced by the wind mill for?
10) In the book he read about wind mills, were there instructions or only pictures?
11) Why did he go to the USA in 2007?
12) Which town did he visit?
13) Where is the wind farm he went to?
14) What is his dream?
15) What has changed in William’s house? Tick the correct answers . Now there are:
- solar pannels
- a water well
- another wind mill
- a car
- running water
If you want to know more details, you can visit William’s site http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/and find out what the school he could not afford to go to was like and also some of his projects.
You can also watch this other video, and see how intelligent and witty William’s light switch is. He made it from discarded flip flop sandals, among other things.