for Kite Day
The students will predict and
identify which objects move the easiest in wind.
information on wind. The following links may be
is Wind?, Kite
Science (click in "Kids" and then
"Why a Kite Flies", Wind.
fan or a hair dryer (to manufacture some wind in your
variety of objects to test how far the wind can blow
them. Some examples would be; a tennis ball, a
ping pong ball, a rock, a balled up piece of paper,
the students what they know about wind and what they
would like to know. Record their responses on
chart paper or the chalkboard.
the background information on what wind is and where
it comes from. The amount and depth of
information given will depend on the age of the
students. The aforementioned web sites will be
helpful in this area.
out the Wind Power
Worksheet. Hold up each
object which is going to be tested for the distance it
can travel in the manufactured wind. Have the
students record on their worksheets which object they
think will travel the farthest and which will travel
the shortest distance.
off a "starting point" for the objects to be
placed on and make sure the fan or blow dryer is
always in the same place (for control purposes.)
each object by placing them one at a time on the
starting point in front of the fan or hair dryer.
the students complete the worksheet by putting the
objects in order of shortest to farthest distance
why some objects went farther than others. Were
the students' predictions correct? The depth of
discussion will depend on the age level of the
students. For example, friction will be
discussed with older students.
kites and go fly them! Many simple kite plans can be
found in the links on the Kite
Day Home Page.
a variation on the above lesson, have the students
make small kites out of varying materials and test
flying them in front of a fan. Which kites fly
the best? Why?