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Polo and the Dragon

“Polo and the Dragon

In Polo and the Dragon, a wordless picture book, Polo the dog, dresses for adventure, climbs into his boat, and sets sail. Snow blankets his boat and the water freezes. Stuck!

Inside a treasure chest, Polo finds a magical quill and draws a door. He opens the door into a forest where he finds a cave with dinner waiting. Dragon’s dinner.

Polo races back through the door. Uh-oh! Dragon finds the door.

What will Dragon do? Will Polo find his way home?

To find out what happens, read the book.

This book promotes imagination and creative problem solving.

TITLE: Polo and the Dragon

AUTHOR: Regis Faller

ILLUSTRATOR: Regis Faller

PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press, 2003

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What is your favorite animal? Pretend you are that animal. What would you do if you met a dragon? Draw a dragon.

2) What characteristics does your dragon have such as eye(s), fire breathing or not, tail – spiked, scales – color, shimmery, etc.

3) Fold an 8”x11” blank paper into quarters. Tell a wordless story using only those four boxes. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Regis Faller, visit:

http://www.chezpolo.com

This website is in French so you will need to use Google Translator.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Creative Thinking Prompt: Colorforms® – A Timeless Toy

Since the 1950s, Colorforms® has been inspiring the imaginations of children. Back in 1951, two art students, Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, experimented with a new medium, a flexible vinyl material to use instead of paint. They bought rolls of colorful vinyl, cut out geometric shapes and stuck them to the walls of their bathroom. When guests came over to visit, they added to the Harry and Patricia’s bathroom art creation.

To learn more about Colorforms®, visit:

http://www.colorforms.com/history/

http://www.colorforms.com/videos/

The Invention Process

Step 1: Choose a problem

Step 2: Brainstorm solutions

Step 3: Background research

Step 4: Design and build

Step 5: Test and revise

Creative Thinking Prompt: Using the invention process, invent a new imagination game. After you design and build, have others play your game. What did they like about it? What did they think could be improved? Go back to the drawing board and revise your game again and again, trying out new ideas. What steps and risks did you take to invent something new? Good for you! Pat yourself on the back for persisting and trying something new!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

Creative Thinking Prompt: Invention Inspired by Nature

What do owls and humpback whales have in common?

Wind turbine blades!

Researchers Ian Clark, William N. Alexander, William J. Devenport, Stewart A. Glegg, Justin Jaworski, Conor Daly, and Nigel Peake looked at an owl’s silent predatory flight for inspiration to reduce the amount of noise that wind blades emitted. They noticed tiny hairs that look like fringe stuck up on wing feathers, which smoothed the air flow into a neat stream. After creating a 3D printed plastic coating that mimics the owl’s feather structure and applying it to the blade, turbine noise was reduced by fifty percent.

Biologist Frank Fish noticed bumps running along the fins on a humpback whale. Fish studied and discovered that these bumps create small vortices that help the fin cut through water. By developing a bumpy edge to a turbine blade, noise is reduced and efficiency increased. This is now known as the turbercle effect.

Edge of a prototype wind turbine blade – Whalepower Corporation

Creative Thinking Prompt: How might an owl or whale influence you to redesign or create a new common household item like a spoon, lawn mower, or bike?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/turbine-blades-inspired-owls

https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/10-technologies-inspired-nature