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Robyn Boid: Architect

 

Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci”

Through observing nature, people, and the world around him, Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to design inventions. Although he never saw his inventions created, he was a thinker before his time.

This book compares Leo’s design inventions from over 500 years ago to modern day inventions like the two level truss bridge, the parachute, and contact lenses.

This book promotes creative person, invention, and curiosity.

TITLE: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Gene Barretta

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, 2009

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, invention, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try to replicate one of Da Vinci’s designs using materials you find around your home.

2) Try out Da Vinci’s parachute design using a triangle shape for the parachute.

3) Redesign a glider. Make a list of the things that you would like your glider to do. Try out several of your designs to see which ones can do the actions from your list.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gene Barretta, visit:

http://www.genebarretta.com/about/

They All Saw A Cat

What do you see when a cat crosses your path? In the book, They All Saw A Cat, different characters’ perspectives open readers’ imaginations to think about how things can be perceived and how we can affect our world.

Here’s how a worm sees the cat.

Here’s how a bee sees the cat.

Brendan Wenzel’s delightful illustrations portray the perspectives a person, a dog, a worm, and a bat as the cat crosses their paths. Wenzel even includes how the cat sees himself.

This book promotes different perspectives, curiosity, and originality.

TITLE: They All Saw A Cat

AUTHOR: Brendan Wenzel

ILLUSTRATOR: Brendan Wenzel

PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: perspective, originality, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What do you see when you see a tree? What does a fly view a tree? A bird? A squirrel? A worm? An ant? How might a kite view a tree?

2) To see things differently, try doing these things.

– look through a telescope or binoculars

– look through a microscope or magnifying glass

– look through color-tinted sunglasses

– look through a paper towel or toilet paper tube

– look to your left

– look to your right

– stand on your head

How does your view of the world change as you look through these items? How can you use these different viewpoints to help solve problems?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel, visit:

http://brendanwenzel.info