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Literary Connection -(Galimoto) MakerSpace aligned to TEKS

From the Library Media Specialist Ruth Pinchot at Stewart's Creek Elementary

Galimoto by Catherine Stock and Karen Lynn Williams

Synopsis: Kondi is determined to make a galimoto -- a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.

What is a Galimoto?  It is a push toy made all over Eastern and Southern Africa. It is usually made from wire and available "trash". All they have in common is that a toy is pushed in the upright position with a stick.

  • Grade 1 - Lesson Plan - Collaborate with a a team of 4 students to create a galimoto (car / wagon). Understand the concepts of drawing  3 dimensional shapes to use in a design. Students will work on team work as they choose materials and design their own galimoto.
  • Grades 2-3 Lesson Plan - Partner with another student to understand the properties of force and motion as you design something from 1 sheet of paper that will travel the greatest distance. - They might decide to all design an ndege!
  • Grades 5-6  Lesson Plan - Students will apply mathematical process standards to analyze geometric attributes and make generalizations about the properties of the shapes as they design a found art sculpture that represents a mode of transportation.  (galimoto)

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