Whimsical Wind Vane

Create a playful, easy to make wind vane which will point to the source of the wind!

Grades Covered: 1 through 8
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Earth/Space Science

Curriculum topics:
  • Wind
  • Weather
  • Fluids
  • Atmosphere
Standards
Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.
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National Standards

  • Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. [Examples:average temperature, precipitation, and wind direction.]

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Earth and Space Science /// Earth's Systems )

  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Physical Science /// Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions )

  • Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. [Emphasis is on how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure, causing weather (defined by temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and wind) at a fixed location to change over time.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Earth and Space Science /// Earth's Systems)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 1 /// Science and Engineering Practices )

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 2 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 5 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • 3.a. How to use simple tools (e.g., thermometer, wind vane) to measure weather conditions and record changes from day to day and over the seasons.

    (CA Science /// Grade 1 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 3. Weather can be observed, measured and described.)

  • 4.a. Uneven heating of the Earth causes air movements (convection currents).

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.)

  • 4.b. The influence of the ocean on weather, and the role of the water cycle in weather.

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.)

  • 4.c. Causes and effects of different types of severe weather.

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.)

  • 4.d. How to use weather maps and weather forecasts to predict local weather, and that prediction depends on many changing variables.

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 03. Earth Sciences /// 4. Energy from the sun heats the Earth unevenly, causing air movements resulting in changing weather patterns.)

  • 5. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions and perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 4 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 7 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 9. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students should develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 8 /// 01. Physical Sciences /// 9. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 4.a. The sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on the Earth's surface, powering winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle.

    (CA Science /// Grade 6 /// 04. Energy in the Earth System /// 4. Many phenomena on the Earth's surface are affected by the transfer of energy through radiation and convection currents.)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 1 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 2 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Student will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 6 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)


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