Are you planning on incorporating wind into a letter “W” unit this year? Have you been too busy to write the lesson plan? If so, I’d like to help. I have a list of activity ideas and you are welcome to skim through it. Here it is:
Begin the wind lesson plan by asking the children to shut their eyes and keep them that way until you tell them otherwise. While their eyes are shut, turn on an oscillating fan. Then pop a wind nature sounds CD into your classroom’s audio system. If you don’t have such a CD in your library, you could always make one with audio files from online sources.
Continue by asking the children to tell you what they are hearing, feeling and thinking. Record their answers onto your classroom’s white board. When everyone has had a chance to answer, let the children open their eyes. Once they do, help them convert their answers into an acrostic poem. Afterward, read Marion Dane Bauer’s book “Wind” or Arthur Dorros’ tome “Feel the Wind.” Either one would make a great segue into a science segment.
Kick off the science lesson by talking about how wind is created and measured. Be sure to mention anemometers, weather vanes, wind gauges and wind socks. Later, help the children create wind gauges of their own. There are instructions for creating one posted on the Energy Quest website. You may also want to create a weathervane, windsock and anemometer for classroom use.
Proceed with the lesson by discussing how wind can change a landscape, especially over time. For example, you could mention walking sand dunes, erosion and pollination. One way to demonstrate wind’s ability to move objects is to let the children complete the “What’s in the Wind?” experiment. It involves the use of Vaseline and margarine tub lids. You can find instructions for completing the project posted on the Weather Wiz Kids website.
Arts and Crafts
Once the experiments are over, you may want to launch into an arts and crafts activity. I would suggest letting the children make wind pictures. The best way to do that is to cover pieces of construction paper with clear drying craft glue. Then give each student a large soda straw and a small pile of play sand. Instruct the kids to use the straws to blow the sand onto the glue. When they are finished creating the pieces of art, read Patricia and Emily MacLachlan’s book “Painting the Wind” aloud.
Puppetry and Poems
Lastly, why not let the children make cloud stick puppets? That way, they can use them to act out a few windy songs and action rhymes. One way to make the puppets is to print out a picture of a cartoon cloud blowing wind. Then let the kids glue cotton balls to the clouds. Later, tape a craft stick to the back of each cloud.
Once that’s done, teach the kids the words to “Have You Ever Seen the Wind Blow?”, “Whistling Wind”, “The March Wind” and “Noisy Wind.” Then turn the kids loose into your classroom’s dramatic play area with the puppets.
Source: Personal Experience
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