Air and Wind
The student is expected to demonstrate that air is all around us and observe that wind is moving air.
The student knows that the natural world includes the air around us and objects in the sky.
Wind: Exploring Weather (website) - Learn about the causes of wind, the names and characteristics of global and local wind patterns, and the potential of wind as a source of energy.
The Weather Channel: Weather.com (website) - Find news, information, photos and video about weather in your area and across the country.
Wind Scale: FOSSWEB (PDF) - Observe and record changes in wind speed and wind direction by making wind vanes, pinwheels and a simple anemometer.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Learn Where Wind Comes From: Education.com (website) - Demonstrate how wind is created with this simple investigation.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Make a Wind Vane: Education.com (website) - Use inexpensive materials to make a science tool that indicates wind direction and speed.
Exploring Air, Air Toys: FOSSWEB (website) - Have students look at home for a toy that uses air to work. If they do not find such a toy, they should try to invent a design for one. Instruct students to draw a picture of the toy they found or invented, and explain how it works.
Wind. Canizares, Susan (ISBN: 0590107267)
Watching the Wind. Eckart, Edana (ISBN: 0516259415)
Air. Meachen Rau, Dana (ISBN: 0761430423)
The Case of the Phenomenal Weather: NASA SCI Files™ (website) - Learn about violent storms, weather fronts, global wind patterns and climate. Scroll down to the middle of the page to view a video and download a lesson guide.