for Flag Day
students will explore the effects wind has on the
- Straws or craft sticks
- Small pieces of fabric (in
- Masking tape
- A book about the wind,
such as "Feel the Wind" by Arthur Dorros.
Wind Worksheet or The
Wind Worksheet 2 (for younger students).
- Facilitate a discussion on
the wind. Have the students brainstorm different
ways wind affects objects around them. List
these on chart paper or on the blackboard.
- Discuss how wind affects
flags. When there is no wind a flag will hang
down on its pole. However, on windy days the
flag will fly out straight and may even flap in the
- Have the students make
simple flags by taping pieces of fabric onto straws or
- Go outside and determine
whether its a windy day or not. See if the
students can make wind by blowing on their flags or
waving them through the air. If it is a windy
day, have the students observe other objects that are
being affected by the wind. Are leaves blowing
off trees? Are swings moving in the
breeze? If it is not a windy day, ask the
students to look around and see what objects may be
affected if the the wind started to blow. If
needed, help lead them to the discussion on how wind
effects seed travel.
- Upon returning to the
classroom, add any of the observations made outside
onto the chart paper.
- Read the book on the
wind. The book may touch on some wind
effects the students had not thought of earlier, which
may be added to the list. Follow up with the Wind
Worksheet or the Wind
Worksheet2 (for younger students).
- Do more experiments with
the flags they made. Which fabrics blow easier
in the wind? The lighter ones or the heavier
- Do a more in depth lesson
on how wind is created in different weather
- Bring in a fan and
experiment with the different settings (low vs. high)
and how far it blows differently weighted
objects. Have the students record the results.
- Do one of the wind
experiments at the following link, Wind.