- Easier - Wind is air
that moves over the earth's surface. Wind is moving
air. Wind can move so softly that it can hardly be
felt. Or it may blow so hard and fast that it smashes
over trees and buildings.
- Harder - Wind is
often defined as the horizontal movement of air
relative to the earth's surface. All winds, from
gentle breezes to raging hurricanes, are caused by
differences in the temperature of the atmosphere, by
rotation of the Earth, and by unequal heating of the
continents and the oceans. The sun heats the earth's
surfaces unevenly. Air above hot areas expands and
rises. Air from cooler areas then flows in to replace
the heated air. This process is called
- There are three types of wind circulation.
Circulation over the entire earth is the general
circulation. Smaller-scale circulations that cause
day-to-day wind changes are known as synoptic-scale
circulations. Winds that occur only in one place are
called local winds.
- Where Wind Comes From at Kite Science
- This module introduces the pressure gradient and
Coriolis forces and their role in generating
- Other Wind Reference Sites:
- 2) Wind from Weather Wiz Kids http://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-wind.htm
Forces and Wind: Online Meteorology Guide from University of Illinois
- Understanding Wind, Jet Streams at USA Today
- This site has a wind calculator link for
estimating wind speed and direction, and jumps to
discussions of different wind types (some blow uphill,
others down), wind chill, how winds form, jet stream
formation, the jet stream's influence on weather
conditions, wind flow patterns (including the
"Pineapple Express") and wind shear.
- Related Site:
- 2) Wind http://wings.avkids.com/Book/Atmosphere/instructor/wind-01.html
- Wind at Dan's Wild Weather Page
This site tells all about wind and its relationship to our changing weather.
- American Wind Energy Association
- Learn about wind energy and how it is used to
produce electricity and mechanical energy.
- Other Sites on Wind Energy:
- 2) Wind Power at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_power
3) Wind Energy from U.S. Department of Energy
Wind Energy from the California Energy Commission
- 5) Wind Research at
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- More Windy Websites
Windmills to Whirligigs
- This site provides a unique science and art
connection to wind. Here you can tour Simpson's farm
and see close-ups of how his fanciful windmills
- Other Sites:
- 2) Whirligigs at Wikipedia
- Kite History
- Learn a little about the history of kites and kiting.
- Other Kite
- 2) Kite at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite
3) Kite History: A Simple History of Kiting
Kites as an Educational Tool http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/index.html
- 5) National Kite Month http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/history/
Storms, Gust Fronts & Outflow
- This site provides background information and
images of damage that can be caused by wind
- Websites for Teachers
Fun and Learning at KinderArt
(Preschool and Kindergarten)
- Youngsters can learn about the wind and the colors
in the sky while sharpening observation skills.
the Wind at Teaching Online (Grade
- This is a cross-curricular lesson involving
science, art, math, and music.
Into Spring With Kites! at Education
- Soar out of the winter doldrums with a lesson plan
both you and your students are sure to enjoy.
- Related Websites:
- 2) 20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes http://www.bigwindkites.com/20kids/
Wind Direction and Making a Wind Vane at
AskEric Lessons (Grade K-3)
- Wind vanes have been used to measure wind
direction for hundreds of years. The students will
make wind vanes and decorate them with symbols that
represent their interests.