Objective: Children will experiment with the wind’s effect on certain objects and understand that wind is moving air.
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Note: This lesson requires taking the children outside on a windy day.
The wind is moving air. Wind is caused by changes in temperature in the environment. For example, on a warm day, the Sun is warming the Earth as well as the air. Warmer air weighs less than cooler air, and it rises. As the warm air rises, cooler air moves in to replace the warm air. This movement is what makes the wind blow.
The wind can be harmful or helpful. When the wind is gentle, it can help by keeping us cool, drying clothes outside, enabling us to fly kites or sail boats, and carrying bubbles. Strong winds can blow branches off trees, can knock things over, and can become tornadoes or hurricanes.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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