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When the Wind Blows
by Stacy Clark
Brad Sneed, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 7 1/4 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430697 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Poetry, Ecology & Conservation, Technology and Computers, Rhyme & Alliteration
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.2.1, 3, 3a, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d, 5, 5a, 5a
RF.2.3, 3f, 4, 4a-c
SL.2.1, 1a-c, 2-6
W.2.2, 3, 6-8
RL.2.1, 4, 5, 7, 10
RI.2.1, 3, 4, 6-10

About the Book

While the blowing wind makes "porch doors sway" and "sea waves spray," it is responsible for much, much more. These same breezes send electron power traveling down windmills and circuits to ignite electricity. Electrons travel through power lines, and electricity charges the national grid so that lights may be turned on, cold homes may be warmed, and warm homes may be cooled. The gusts can help make "Factories hum / Harbors light up / Smart cars run."

With a poetic text and sweeping landscape paintings, this picture book explores the many facets of the wind and shows how blowing wind generates power as it introduces very young children to basic physics and engineering concepts.


"Intriguing, easily informative and even inspiring."—Kirkus Reviews

"Its simple look at wind energy has great classroom potential that can easily segue into science lessons. . . . A breezy introduction to wind energy."—Booklist


Read an exclusive Q&A with author Stacy Clark!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How do words and phrases in WHEN THE WIND BLOWS supply rhythm and meaning in the poem? Find the words that rhyme. RL.2-3.4 / L.2-3.2 / RF.2-3.3

2. Write a sentence and draw a picture about an experience you had on a windy day. When the wind blows . . . W.2-3.3

3. Discuss what happens when the wind blows. Why is wind energy an important natural resource? RI.2-3.3

4. Recognize that moving air can be used to power machinery to do work. Plan, build and test a windmill ( W.2-3.7, 8