What Is the Wind?
Wind is a word that is very difficult for a preschooler to understand. Many adults will remember that when they were little, they found it very difficult, too. Since the student cannot hold it or see it, they remain confused about what it really is.Let us help preschoolers to learn more about the meaning of wind.
Experimenting with Various Materials
This wind lesson plan will help the student to understand that wind is a moving air. They will be able to find out themselves how strong the wind is blowing. They will also be able to know the wind direction.
- Pencils- about two for each student.
- Three fans- the number can be adjusted to create the necessary wind effect.
- Sheets of paper in different sizes
- Tissue paper in different sizes
- Styrofoam balls
- Large marbles
Discuss the rhyme -
‘Blow wind, blow
And go, mill, go:
That the miller
May grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it
And bring us some
Hot in the morn.’
Talk to the students about how the wind helps at a mill. Another great literature connection is the Little Red Hen, also found here.
Show students how the wind helps to move objects. They should understand that light objects are carried a greater distance than heavier objects. When wind blows, it is the air blowing. Normal wind carries light objects with it. Strong winds can be destructive. Introduce preschoolers about hurricanes by reading more here at Bright Hub Education. Show pictures of storm and windy landscapes.
We cannot see the wind, but we can see things being moved around by the wind. We can see the leaves on trees, the clouds in the sky, the sail boats in the sea and the flags moving. Take the students outside to observe their surroundings.
Discuss how we know when the air is moving. How can we use our senses to know if the air is moving? Can we see the air moving? What can we observe that tells that the air is moving? Discuss moving grass, leaves, flags etc. Is it windy outside today? How do we know that? What are some common things you see being blown by the wind? Why are some objects being blown further than others?
Take the paper and tissue and label them. Let the students predict which will travel further and why.
Students will experiment with leaves, feathers, marbles, Styrofoam balls, paper and tissues. Beforehand, they will guess which one is carried the farthest by the wind. Then, they can measure the distances and compare the predictions they have written down.
Let the students stand on a marked line in front of a fan and drop each item to see how far each item travels. Individually let them determine and rank which object travels the farthest in their workbook (draw a picture of each object).
Discuss: Does the size, weight and shape of the object matter in terms of how far it is carried away by the wind.
Let the students regroup and share how they ranked the objects. If any ranking differs tell them why that may have happened. Make a list of the discoveries made about observing the wind.
Holding the Styrofoam ball and marble, ask each preschooler to draw a picture of which object will travel the farthest and why he or she thinks this to be true. Write their response on the bottom of their papers.
Finally show them the actual result by demonstrating in front of the fan.
Individually ask each student to state whether the marble or the Styrofoam ball will travel further. Also, ask them why they think so.
When teaching weather lesson plans for preschool, remember to teach about the wind with these hands-on activities. Students will learn that light objects travel a greater distance than dense objects and will have a beginning understanding of the science of weather.