Subject Area: Science
Real-life photographs and easy-to-read repetitive text describe how the wind affects our environment.
Children will develop observation and recording skills as they conduct a variety of experiments to learn how wind can move different types of materials and how the wind affects their environment.
On a sheet of chart paper write the heading "When the Wind Blows in (the name of your town or city)." Now show the children the book When the Wind Blows. Discuss the cover photograph and ask them to describe what is happening in the picture. What is the setting of the picture? What information in the photograph would tell them what the temperature might be?
Now ask the children to think about the types of things that happen in their environment when it is a windy day. What does the wind blow? (leaves? hats? paper?) Record their responses on the prepared chart paper.
Book to Our World
- Chart paper
- Lined story paper
- Writing materials
In advance: Prepare a second sheet of chart paper with the heading “Book: When the Wind Blows.”
- After reading the book, ask the class to recall all of the things that the wind blew. Record their responses on the prepared sheet of chart paper. Reread the book again to make sure that they listed all of the things depicted in the book.
- Ask the class to compare their book list with the experience chart prepared earlier about the wind in their environment. Did the book depict any of the experiences that they listed? Were there things in the book that also happen in their environment that they did not include on their list?
- During writing time give the children a sheet of story paper. Tell them to title their story “When the Wind Blows.” Ask them to write and draw a picture about something the wind blows in their environment. Provide time for children to share their work.
What We Learned About Wind
- Chart paper and marker
Booktalk: Ask the children to share what they learned about wind from the book. Ask them to compare the different types of materials in the book that the wind blew. How were the materials similar? How were they different? Why is the wind able to move some things and not other things? Record their responses on chart paper.
What will the wind blow?
- Variety of paper: small lunch bags, drawing paper, newspaper, and cardboard.
- Variety of fabric
- Small objects: wood, metal, plastic, Styrofoam, feathers, sand, rocks.
- Hole punch
- Child safety scissors
- Clipboards, paper, and pencils to record observations
- Chart paper and markers
Plan this activity for a windy day.
- Place a variety of materials in the center of your meeting area (small lunch bags, drawing paper, newspaper, and cardboard, different types of fabric, small objects: wood, metal, plastic, Styrofoam, feathers, sand, and rocks). Ask the group to look at the different types of materials and predict which items the wind will or will not blow. Create a chart with the children to record their predictions.
- Tell the class that they will take the materials outdoors to test their predictions. Divide the children into two groups. The teacher should bring paper, a clipboard, and a pencil to record each group's observations.
- Ask the students to begin by placing the items on the ground outside. What objects were easily blown by the wind? Which items were not? Why?
- Next provide each group with tape, string, scissors, and a hole punch. Now ask the children to change some of the materials that would not be carried by the wind. Encourage them to change the shape of paper or fabric by bending, tearing, cutting, or rolling it into another shape.
- Will it blow easier if it is has another shape or if it is positioned differently? Ask them to place materials in different places to see if they can be blown, for example, hanging from playground equipment, a fence, or a tree, or placing objects upright as opposed to flat on the ground.
- After they have conducted their experiments bring the children together to share their findings. Create a chart to summarize what they learned.
Other Books About Wind
The Wind Blew
by Pat Hutchins
A cumulative tale about a small town affected by a mischievous wind that carries away people's personal items.
It's Too Windy! (Hello Reader Series)
by Hans Wilhelm
A heroic dog saves a baby whose stroller is blown away by the wind.
When the Wind Stops
by Charlotte Zolotow
A beautiful story that introduces natural science concepts through a mother's explanation to her inquisitive son that nothing in the natural world ends.
Other Books by Amy and Richard Hutchings
Picking Apples and Pumpkins
The Gummy Candy Counting Book
Teaching plan written by Risa Young