Wind for Schools Portal/K-3 Curricula
Wind for Schools Curricula: Elementary K - 3
Elementary students are familiar with the wind as something they experience when they are outside or when the weather changes. Our goal is to build on these experiences and explore wind characteristics as a weather phenomenon and start to introduce the idea that wind has been used, and can be used to do useful work.
Expand Your Understanding
Wind as Weather Phenomenon
As part of a broader weather study, students can:
- collect and explore data about the wind over time.
- explore how and when the wind changes intensity and direction over time.
- make observations about the wind around their school and at different locations around the world.
Wind Can Do Work
Through experiments and design projects:
- students can construct devices that use the wind to make them move
- explore the forces (pushes and pulls) at work on objects when they are in the wind
- improve student design, testing, and experimentation skills
Picture books and stories about wind can:
- help students explore their own experiences with wind and then describe and write their own stories
If you have 1 to 3 days and want to explore wind energy with your elementary students, here are a few of our favorites.