Energy and Winds

This Energy and Winds lesson plan also includes:

In the study of wind energy, scholars build a small windmill and observe how it transfers wind into mechanical energy. Learners will make connections to the previous activity with concepts such as the creation of wind through convection.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the following link for a wind map to help class members predict which areas should have the most wind turbines installed: http://hint.fm/wind/
  • View this map of every wind farm in the United States to check predictions: https://eerscmap.usgs.gov/windfarm/
Classroom Considerations

  • Fifth lesson in a 10-part energy series
  • Requires some basic art materials and at least one box fan but preferably two
Pros

  • Provides two pages of detailed background on wind energy including diagrams and photographs
  • Engaging hands-on experiment allows scholars to alter and improve their windmill designs
Cons

  • None
Common Core