Going Places

Going Places
Written by Peter H. Reynolds and Paul A. Reynolds, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Rafael has looked forward to the Going Places contest and builds his go-cart from a kit in record time, but his neighbor, Maya, has a much more interesting and creative idea for her entry and Rafael decides to help.

Primary Source Pairing:
Rafael follows the directions in the Going Places kit perfectly. Maya has her own interpretation which inspires Rafael to partner with her. Use the go-cart instructions to show students the process of building the go kart from scratch. The image above is from the incredibly detailed website KartBuilding.net. Check out the site for more specific building plans for each step of the process. Invite students to draw a plan of their own or create a drawing of the airplane Rafael and Maya make.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see on this diagram.
  • What do you notice first about the go-cart plans?
  • What other details do you see?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Go Kart diagram from Kart Building.net