Having A Blast With Wind!
There just never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done that has to be done and then try and include some science too.
Then if you manage to make the time, there’s always the problem of where can you go to get some quick and easy things to plug in, that will interest the students and be grade-level appropriate!
This was a dilemma that I had with every grade I taught. I wasted tons of time on the web searching for who knows what.
Now I just design my own mini science lessons to match the theme I’m doing for that particular month.
By including some math skills and writing activities in the process, I get lots of bang for my “time buck”.
Wind is a terrific theme for March and can easily be tied in with clouds. Both offer lots of opportunities to learn a little science.
In my Wind Packet I’ve included several hands-on “craftivities” that make a great incentive center. i.e., complete the required lessons for the morning and then you get to visit this special center and make a pinwheel, wind cloud, or wind-fact tinsel cloud!
Pinwheels are a fun way to show the movement of wind.
I’ve included 5 patterns for you to choose from, or simply run off the plain pinwheel on a variety of brightly colored construction paper.
Having students pretend to be the wind and blow paint around on a cloud using a straw, reinforces the colors of the rainbow and makes a pretty pattern.
Your students will enjoy making a Wind Facts - Tinsel Cloud, which gives a list of facts about the wind answering questions like: What is wind? , What makes wind? and What is the record for the fastest wind?
There’s a writing prompt on the back that gets students to think at a higher level and is a nice introduction to metaphor or simile.
I’ve also included 4 quick and easy wind experiments sure to knock your students socks off and add interest to your science time.
Will The Wind Blow It? Has students become little scientists. They make predictions and record data and then analyze the data and come to conclusions about the results.
Wind Chill uses hand sanitizer for a fun “hands on” evaporation and wind experiment that takes just a few minutes.
Up Up And Away involves a balloon race and incorporates measuring and comparison skills.
The Egg In A Bottle looks into wind pressure and is my personal favorite. It will have your little ones in awe!
If you do all of the experiments do the graphing activity and then have students make the class wind book writing about which one was their favorite.
I've also included the nursery rhyme "Rock A Bye Baby" with links to several YouTube videos. I try to include this genre into my story time whenever it fits in with a theme that I'm doing.
I hope these ideas add delight to your day.
No one will ever think that you’re a boring wind bag when you spice things up with a little scientific fun!
Click on the link to view/download the Wind Packet
Be sure and pop in tomorrow when I’ll some weather activites!