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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.

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 Concepts and Standards

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

Literacy Exploration

Picture books and stories about wind can:

  • help students explore their own experiences with wind and then describe and write their own stories

 Learning Pathways

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.


How to Teach About Wind – Elementary Guide
PBS Video, Wind Power
Department of Energy, Wind 101
Student Energy Wind
Switch Energy Project
History Channel, Modern Marvels-Renewable Energy
BrainPOP, Wind Episode


American Wind Energy Association
Department of Energy, Wind
NREL, Learning About Wind
National Geographic, Wind Power
Union of Concerned Scientists, Wind Power

Books on Wind Energy Concepts

Wind Energy for Dummies by Ian Woofenden

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Pinwheel assembly activity - wind can do work.pdf
Here you will find several activities for building wind tools that can be used to measure wind speed and direction and a kite to fly!
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Catch the wind crossword.pdf
This lesson provides several activities for students to explore wind vocabulary.
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Kite Flying Lesson Plan.pdf
Students will be able to properly create a bumble bee kite and will be able to accurately mark halves and whole inches on their kite paper. Students will be able to understand the effects of wind on their kites and will observe the force of wind currents and the role they play in everyday life
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Build a Sail Car using inexpensive materials to demonstrate how wind can be used to propel an object. Gather measurements, record changes in variables, and use simple engineering design concepts to build sails that can push the car the farthest. Serves 8-24 students (8 Sail Cars). Recommended age range between K-12th grade. Approximately 1 class period required.
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Wind Is Energy Teacher Guide for Primary Students.pdf
Here you will find a set of resources to help teachers teach about wind and to help students learn about wind.
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