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We are in the final couple weeks of our weather unit and today we talked about wind.  We talked about how you can’t see it but you can feel it.  You see what it does when it moves and bends things.  We went outside and observed what the wind was doing to the objects around us.  Then we talked about how we can make our own wind.  We talked about how fans make wind.  Then we asked if they knew how they could make their own wind.  After lots of guessing, one child finally yelled, “When we blow!”  Bingo!

So next we gathered 10 objects from around the room – things like a feather, a crayon, a block, a piece of yarn, ect. and asked the children to predict what would happen if they blew them.  Would these objects move in the “wind”?  After writing down their predictions, we tested their theories by having them take turns blowing the objects to see what happened!  Most of the predictions were right and the children were super excited!  We posted the chart of predictions and outcomes on the wall for parents and the children to look over.  The rest of the morning they were blowing things to see if the wind could move them!  What fun!

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About deepbluetide

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a private christian school. I work mornings with 4 year olds (most of whom enter my class in July still being 3 - they're babies!) and then in the afternoon work "daycare" - which is basically my own class combined with 5 year old children. One things for sure - it's never dull! I had no idea growing up I would be teaching pre-k today! It took me totally off guard - but in the end I wouldn't change a thing! I have worked with children whose age range is 6 weeks through 12 years. In the end I have decided that my current age group is my favorite! And in case you were wondering - all names mentioned are changed to protect the identities of those involved. Enjoy!

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  1. Wonderful ideas!! Have you read the book “Gilberto and the Wind” by Marie Hall Ets? It is a wonderful story and your children will be able to glean information about what the wind can do just by listening to the story! My kindergarten children were amazed when I showed them that even a small puff of air – like your breath – can do marvelous things like turn a pinwheel of fill up a windbag (http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000062)! They were even more into it when they tricked the older siblings by filling up a windbag with one breath!!!

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