Signs of the Wind: Day 3
- Discover the properties
one class period
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- Review the weather
words and air temperature from the previous days. Ask children what
other types of weather happen in winter. Lead them to the idea that
during winter there are often storms that are very windy.
- Ask children to
name as many wind words as they can. (breezy, windy, blustery, gust,
tornado, hurricane, stormy, etc.) List their responses on the board.
- Take children outside
and ask, Can you see the wind?, Which direction is the wind blowing?,
Is it difficult to tell? Encourage children to explain how they know
the wind is there.
- Have children run
with the wind and then have them run into the wind. Ask, which is easier?
- jar of bubbles
- bubble wand
- clear plastic
- Have them run
faster than the wind, then slower. Encourage them to stand still and
move their arms like the wind.
- Have children
wet a finger and hold it up in the air. Ask, what do you feel? (The
wind will cool one side as it passes by.)
- Provide children
with streamers to run with and balloons to chase. Blow bubbles for
them and ask, which way do the bubbles go?
- Give each child
a clear plastic bag. Tell them to wave the open bag in the air until
it is inflated.
- Demonstrate how
to twist the opening to capture the air inside of the bag.Have everyone
bring their wind bags back inside, holding the tops securely closed.
Take time to observe the bags of wind. Record children's observations
on the chalkboard.
- Ask: Do you think
you have wind in your bag or do you think you have air? This question
will be confusing but it will initiate an interesting conversation
- Explain that
once they caught the air and contained it in the bag, it ceased to
be wind. In order for air to be wind it must be on the move.
- While still pinching
the opening of the bags, allow children to bang the bottoms of their
bags and send the wind on its way again.
Have children search for pictures in magazines that show increasing wind
speeds. For example, you may have a picture of a family picnic in a light
breeze, a picture of a girl flying a kite, a picture of the ocean with
waves pounding the shore, and a picture of a tornado or hurricane. Have
children place the pictures in order of wind strength, from a light breeze
to tornado winds.