September 28, 2015
By Alexandra Parlamas

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Windy Weather Watching

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Wild and Windy WeatherPre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Wild and Windy WeatherPre-lesson.

Students will be able to understand what windy weather is and make predictions about wind.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(10 minutes)
  • Go around the classroom and fan students with a paper plate attached to a popsicle stick. Ask students to describe what that feels like.
  • Explain to students that you created a breeze, which is what wind feels like.
  • Tell students that wind is air moving around in different directions. 
(10 minutes)
  • Read students the story Gusts and Gales: A Book About Wind.
(15 minutes)
  • Create a chart on the chalkboard entitled "Will The Wind Blow It?” On one side write "Yes," and on the other side write "No."
  • Place various objects next to a fan.
  • Have students come up and feel the fan blowing.
  • Call students up one by one to make predictions about whether or not the fan will blow the objects.
  • After student observation, tape the objects on correct side of the chart.
(10 minutes)
  • Give each student a piece of white paper, a straw, and various colors of tempera paint.
  • Ask student to make predictions about what would happen if they blew through the straw onto the paint on the paper. Invite students to create wind by blowing into the straw.
  • Ask students if their predictions were right.
  • Enrichment:Have students in need of enrichment create an object to blow in the wind. Students can tape string to paper towel rolls and hang them in the wind and can watch the string blow on a breezy sunny day.

  • Support:To help students better understand wind, have them colour the Windy Day worksheet.
  • Assessment will be based on student predictions during the fan activity.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to name their favorite part of today’s lesson.

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