Reflection: Adjustments to Practice What Is Wind? - Section 3: What is Wind?


Sometimes the best ideas are ones we think of while teaching. As students were generating questions about wind I remembered something my daughter, taking a STEM teaching course, had said about asking college freshmen to design experiments. I said that we even want second graders to think about the design of their own experiments when we follow the NGSS standards. Here was the perfect opportunity. As I was writing their questions, I was also thinking about a next lesson that would allow students to design and carry out their own investigations. 

I decided to save the questions and present them again tomorrow with a format for designing an experiment. Teaching and learning is at its best when we respond to the interests of our students. My next lesson will respond to their curiosity about wind. 

  Planning From Student Interest
  Adjustments to Practice: Planning From Student Interest
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What Is Wind?

Unit 3: Understanding Our Earth
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT identify what causes the wind to blow and how it can change intensity.

Big Idea: Students need to understand what wind is before they can understand how the force of wind can change the shape of the land.

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