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Wind for Schools Curricula: Elementary 4 - 6
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.
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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
Wind Can Generate Electricity
As many students enter 4th grade, they:
- start to explore electricity and circuits, allowing the introduction to the idea that wind turbines can convert wind into electricity
- can expand this understanding by connecting classroom turbines to their simple circuits.
- can go further and start to design turbine blades that affect electricity production and try to improve their designs to produce more electricity
Picture books and stories about wind can:
- help students explore their own experiences with wind and then describe and write their own stories
Expand your Understanding
If you have time, you can explore these resources to help you better understand wind energy before you start working with your students.
Books on Wind Energy Concepts
1 to 3 Day Curricula
If you have 1 to 3 days and want to explore wind energy with your elementary students, here are a few of our favorites.
- Introduction to Wind - Students will be able to use observational skills to describe wind.
- Introduction to Energy - Students will be able to list basic facts about energy and how it can be used.
- Wind Energy Bingo - A fun way to explore energy and wind power terminology. A great way to start a wind power unit.
- Measuring Wind (Meters and Anemometers) - Students will be able to measure wind speed and direction using appropriate tools and units.
- Wind can do Work - Students will construct a simple windmill out of easy to find materials with the goal of seeing how many paper clips they can lift. Through this process they will be able to explain how wind can do work
- Wind can generate Electricity - Students will be able to identify items that use or require electricity. Using a firefly (as small wind turbine) Students will be able to explain how wind can be transformed to generate electricity.
- Introduction to Blade Investigations - Using larger KidWind wind turbine kits Students will be able to explain how wind can do work by lifting weights. Students will be able to list factors that can affect how turbines work.
- Blade Investigations, Blade Redesign Investigations, and Blade Investigations Conclusions - These are continuations of the Blade Design Investigations.
- Wind Reflections - This is a evaluation of the entire Wonders of Wind Unit. Includes a post test and reflective elements.