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Izzy Gizmo

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De dierenarts laat er geen twijfel over bestaan: Kraai zal nooit meer vliegen. Maar dan heeft hij buiten Sara gerekend... In this ten-session Writing Root, which we suggest will take 3 weeks to cover, the children arrive to class to find signage indicating that the role-play area/outdoor space is an inventor’s workshop. The children create signage for the workshop and then a toolbox appears, labelled, Izzy’s Tools. The text, Izzy Gizmo is discovered and then shared over several days. Children explore things that have gone wrong for Izzy – writing her a letter of encouragement – and then go on to invent their own gadgets and gizmos to help a creature/pet just like Izzy helps the crow in the story. Their creations are shared verbally before the children draw labeled diagrams and write simple explanations. Synopsis of Text:

Inventions, gadgets, friendship, design and technology, STEM subjects, representation and diversity, positive female role models Once you have read something you should talk about it! Find someone to talk to about what happened in the story and maybe answer these questions:You could copy the illustrator’s style, repeat the words exactly, or you could make it your own by changing the pictures and words.

From the things you have learned in these experiments, revisit one of the activities from last week and see what else you can add or improve.Izzy Gizmo is a wonderful text for students who struggle with the current demand of 21st century skills like: flexibility, growth mindset, perseverance, resilience and creativity. Students empathize and connect with Izzy when she gets frustrated because she can’t solve a problem on the first (or second, or third) try. The true power of the book is the underlying theme of perseverance and digging your heels in when the problem is tough. Shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Prize 2017, this empowering book is perfect for fans of Rosie Revere, Engineer, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World and Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Izzy is a young inventor whose inventions don't always work. When they break, chaos and messes often occur. She decides that she has had enough and puts her toolbag away. When she finds a crow that has hurt itself after falling, the vet tells her it will never fly again. She tries to teach the crow how to live and have fun without flying, but he is extremely unhappy. Along comes grandpa. He is kind and encourages her to come up with something to help the crow fly. Even though her inventions don't work, grandpa and the crow keep encouraging her to try again. She finally comes up with the perfect wings for her friend.


What is a machine you couldn't live without? Find out about the person that invented it, you owe them a lot.

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