Weather – Wind

 Wind

Objective: To learn about and experience wind and air.

Preparation:
  • Find drawings, books, magazines or old calendars of wind.
  • Have crayons, pencils or markers for the children.
  • Square paper or print out pin wheel template. pinwheel template
  • New pencil, straw or make your own stick by rolling up paper.
  • Straight pins.
  • Masking tape.
Books:
  • Wind by Ron Bacon
  • Wind by Marion Dane Bauer
Lesson:
  • Explain to the children that wind is moving air. 
  • Wind is invisible.
  • Discuss some of the signs that tell us it is windy. (Use pictures or books)  Give them clues such as clouds moving in the sky, wind chimes ringing, feeling the winds on our skin, and leaves or paper blowing across the yard.  
  • People use wind for many different things such as; flying a kite, sailing a sailboat, or blowing windmills to create electricity.

Activity:   Pinwheel  pinwheel template

  • Give the children the square or template.
  • Have the children color and decorate both sides of the pinwheel.
  • Have them cut on the diagonal lines. Making sure to have them stop cutting where the line stops.
  • Take every other point and bring it to the center of the pinwheel.
  • Push a pin through four of the points and the center of the pinwheel.  Then push the pin through the eraser of the pencil or about ½ inch from the top of a straw or rolled paper.
  • Bend the end of the pin down against the pencil, straw or rolled paper. Leave a little space between the pin and stick so the pinwheel spins freely. 
  • Wrap several times with masking tape to keep in place and to cover the sharp end of the pin.

Optional activities:

Kite:     http://www.ehow.com/how_4742941_make-paperbag-kite.html

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