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One of the factors that automotive engineers must consider is wind drag. The less wind drag, the more efficient the car will be. They perform many tests in wind tunnels, then refine their designs and test again. Using simple materials, transform your middle and high schoolers into designers and engineers as they work together to create their own low-drag cars, then test them in a class wind tunnel. To adapt this to the Next Generation Science Standards, have teams compare their results then work together to create the most efficient design possible. 
Learners read a book and observe the wind and how it affects the environment. They explore what wind does by looking at pictures, reading a book, and by completing an experiment. They will use their own knowledge of the wind and compare it with the new information they obtain. In addition, they have the opportunity to experiment with many different objects on a windy day to see how the winds affects these objects.
Fourth graders investigate wind erosion and how to prevent unwanted erosion. They define key vocabulary terms, create an interactive diorama that demonstrates how wind causes erosion and deposition of sand and soil, and watch a video.
Students discover the properties of wind. They name as many wind words as they can. (breezy, windy, blustery, gust, tornado, hurricane, stormy, etc.) and use vocabulary, movement, and props to illustrate winter weather concepts such as wind and storms.
Students observe math and science concepts no matter which way the wind blows. In this early childhood problem solving lesson, students will develop science, math, and observation skills as they learn about the wind.
Students investigate wind. In this weather science lesson, students read the poem Who Has Seen the Wind? and discuss the properties of wind gusts. Students use a feather to demonstrate how the wind blows objects around. Additionally, there are several other activities that are suggested, such as creating wind socks and blowing bubbles outside during a windy day.
In this earth science activity, students read a poem about the wind and learn why the wind blows. After reading the poem and informative paragraphs that follow it, students answer 2 questions regarding the information they read. Finally, students write their own poem about the wind.
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
Learners design and create a wind sock that they will use in the schoolyard to determine the direction of the wind. They incorporate the use of a compass to record the correct direction.
In this wind worksheet, students construct a wind speed and direction indicator. They calibrate it using a Beaufort wind scale and take at least five observations/measurements in the school yard. They answer questions about their results.
Students learn about wind at different altitudes above the earth. In this wind lesson plan, students use kites or balloons with attached streamers to observe the wind speed, wind turbulence and shear at different elevations. Students complete an observations/data sheet and answer 7 questions about their results.
In this wind dispersal worksheet, students read for information and comprehension. In this short answer and drawing worksheet, students answer six questions.
Fifth graders simulate wind driven soil erosion by using paper confetti to demonstrate the movement of the soil. They write about three examples of soil erosion found in their community.
Young scholars complete a series of experiments to simulate the effect of solar winds on space stations. The first one, "Sticky Situation" requires students to simulate solar wind. Next they determine the composition of "space particles" by using UV sensitive beads, and lastly they simulate collecting space particles by removing safety pins from a bowl of beads while blindfolded.
Young scholars make a wind vane, anemometer, wind spiral, and wind streamer to calculate wind movement. In this wind lesson plan, students test each of their wind instruments, and graph the results of the wind speed in different locations.
Students investigate winter weather, specifically wind. In this weather activity, students use bubbles, balloons, streamers and pinwheels to examine wind. They develop wind vocabulary with words such as breezy, windy, blustery, gusty, and stormy. They experience wind in an outdoor activity.
In this wind worksheet students study a wind rose and graphs for Boston and answer several short answers on prevailing winds. 
Students observe how wind generates currents and the effect of islands and banks on currents. They determine ocean circulation affects climate and plant and animal populations on land and in the ocean and that surface currents are created by the prevailing wind system
Students explore hurricanes.  In this weather data interpretation lesson, students draw conclusions about the impact of Hurricane Floyd as it related to weather conditions. Students read and interpret a tide data table, a barometric pressure line graph, and a variety of wind and water line graphs. Students use links to real time data sources to predict weather in their local area.
Students test various objects in a wind tunnel. They first build a wind tunnel and then they test polyhedrons in it and then toy cars. This instructional activity should build on design concepts students learned at the previous grade level.

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