- 50 minutes
In this lesson, students will explore the wonders of wind. Through observation and a project, students will visualize the power of wind!
Students will be able to understand what windy weather is and make predictions about wind.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Go around the classroom and fan students with a paper plate attached to a popsicle stick. Ask students to describe what that feels like.
- Explain to students that you created a breeze, which is what wind feels like.
- Tell students that wind is air moving around in different directions. ￼￼￼
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read students the story Gusts and Gales: A Book About Wind.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Create a chart on the chalkboard entitled "Will The Wind Blow It?” On one side write "Yes," and on the other side write "No."
- Place various objects next to a fan.
- Have students come up and feel the fan blowing.
- Call students up one by one to make predictions about whether or not the fan will blow the objects.
- After student observation, tape the objects on correct side of the chart.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Give each student a piece of white paper, a straw, and various colors of tempera paint.
- Ask student to make predictions about what would happen if they blew through the straw onto the paint on the paper. Invite students to create wind by blowing into the straw.
- Ask students if their predictions were right.
- Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment create an object to blow in the wind. Students can tape string to paper towel rolls and hang them in the wind and can watch the string blow on a breezy sunny day.
- Support: To help students better understand wind, have them color the Windy Day worksheet.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Feel The Wind by Arthur Dorros
- Assessment will be based on student’s predictions during the fan activity.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask students to name their favorite part of today’s lesson.