What Is Wind?

Contributor: Lauren O'Rear. Lesson ID: 13437

You can't see me, but you can feel me. You'll find it hard to fly a kite without me. What am I? That's right...I'm the wind! What is wind? Let's find out through a variety of fun activities.


Earth Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Have you ever gone outside to fly a kite with your friends?
  • What is the best weather for flying a kite?

Keep this question in mind as we move through this lesson.

friends flying a kite

  • Have you ever looked outside and seen the leaves moving and rustling on the trees?

moving leaves

  • What about the clouds? Have you ever watched them move across the sky?

moving clouds

  • Why do you think the leaves and the clouds are moving?

Let's think about this together.

  • Did you know that we are surrounded by air all around us?

Air is a mix of different gases like nitrogen, oxygen, and some other gases too. We can't see the air, but we know that it's all around us.

When the air that is all around us moves, it is called wind. Wind is moving air.

  • What do you think causes the air to move?

Let's find out!

Read Feel the Wind by Arthur Dorros, or listen to this Feel the Wind Science Read Aloud from Learning with Mrs. Lammers:

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Draw a picture of something new that you learned about wind from this book.

Differences in air temperature cause the wind to blow.

When the sun heats the ground, the air near the ground gets warmer. Warm air is lighter than cool air, so the warm air begins to rise. Then cool air moves in to take its place.

This moving air is called wind!

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We cannot see the wind, but we can see the effect the wind has on the world around us.

Wind is what is causing the tree leaves and clouds to move.

Continue on to the Got It? section for some interactive opportunities to remember what you've just learned.

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