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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
Wind Energy Teacher Resources
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Students construct and compare different types of windmills. In this wind energy instructional activity, students use videos and interactive resources to research the history and design of windmills. They use a template to help them construct a windmill. They compare the effectiveness of the different windmill designs.
Students explore alternative energy sources. In this wind energy instructional activity, students will investigate the difference in the speed and smoothness of wind at different altitudes above earth. Students will use kites, helium balloons, streamers, and a wind speed meter to see the way wind works, they will then discuss their observations and the implications of wind as a renewable resource.
Sixth graders build a turbine engine to observe effects of the wind. In this wind energy lesson plan, 6th graders read an article and work in groups to build a simple turbine engine. Students connect a voltmeter to monitor different wind speeds. Students complete a worksheet.
Investigate the prospect of wind as a renewable resource. Second and third graders make a pinwheel, answer critical thinking questions, and then attempt to use wind power to wind string. I would be more apt to use this lesson in a 1st or 2nd grade class than for 3rd graders.
Third graders view photos of machines that measure wind energy and chart what they observe in the pictures and the questions they have about the pictures. For this wind energy lesson, 3rd graders make a pinwheel. Students show the relationship between the machines viewed and the pinwheels.
First graders make a kite. In this wind instructional activity, 1st graders discuss origins of wind, effects of wind and uses of wind. Students use the Internet to learn about wind energy. Students discuss how kite flying can be a good form of exercise and then work in groups to assemble a kite.