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Students explore the ways that engineers study and harness the wind. They study the different kinds of winds and how to measure wind direction. In addition, students learn how air pressure creates winds and how engineers build and test wind turbines to harness energy from wind. Excellent extension activities imbedded in this plan show students how to make a wind vane and a wind turbine.
Second graders explore weather. In this weather lesson, 2nd graders read Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and participate in four supplemental science activities. Students participate in Internet research, create weather maps, illustrate pictures, and design a food pyramid.
Students explore clouds. In this weather science lesson, students identify and describe cirrus, stratus, and cumulus clouds, then create a cloud poster using blue paper and cotton balls. Students review properties of air that can be measured, then match several weather instruments with the property they measure.
Students explore Earth science by completing a could identification activity. In this weather lesson, students discuss the different forms of measurement for the weather of Earth. Students discuss global warming and examine a list of weather measurement tools which use to complete cloud worksheets.
Students identify and interpret the function, usefulness or utitlity, form, beauty or aesthetics, and meaning, context or story, of objects and how they learn new skills and make things that they learn traditionally, by observation and imitation, in everyday life from people around them. They also identify who indigenous teachers are and how they affect them.
Students investigate air movement by constructing a windmill or a weathervane. In this physics lesson, students measure the speed of the air using their windmills and determine the direction the wind is blowing with their weathervane. Data is collected and reviewed as a whole class.
Students predict the amount of snowfall for the week and measure snowfall. In this measuring snowfall lesson, student use a precipitation gauge to measure the week's snowfall; and analyze the data to determine whether or not the predictions were accurate. Separate templates provided for grades K-2 and 3-4.