Now that school is out, we hope you are still staying well and safe and that you will continue to stay reconnected to nature with our outside activities.

Have you ever wondered what the wind is? We can feel it, we can hear it, but what is it?

Can the wind do anything?

Can the wind do anything for people?

Can the wind have a name?

We know wind can sail boats, fly kites, pump water, make electricity, and blow our hair. Wind can scatter seeds. Just look

Wind can do things to us. You know about tornadoes, hurricanes, and wind can shape rocks and beaches. Wind can cause erosion of the soil. Out where I live in West Texas wind causes terrible dust storms. In the 1930’s, when the plains suffered a severe drought, terrible dust storms occurred. It is said that dust from the western plains could be seen in New York City.

Wind is named according to the direction it comes from – West wind, north wind, etc.

Hurricanes are named as they develop and the alphabet is used – first hurricane of the season would have a name that starts with the letter “A”. The second one would have a name that begins with “B”. In 2020, we already have had Hurricane Arthur, Hurricane Bertha, and Hurricane Cristobal.

What is wind? Have you ever thought about that?

Wind is simply moving air, air in motion. Wind forms when the sun heats one part of the atmosphere differently than another part. This causes expansion of warmer air, making less pressure where it is warm than where it is cooler. Air always moves from high pressure to lower pressure, and this movement of air is wind.

Now let’s do something:

Taking your tools with you (your five senses)

Step outside and see if you feel any wind.

Is there a smell being carried in the wind?

Can you hear the wind blowing today or is it a calm wind?

Can you stick out your tongue and see if the wind tastes like anything.

You may not see the wind, but what do you see that tells you there is a wind today?

Take a minute and read this poem – Is the author using his 5 senses?


I saw you toss the kites on high

And blow the birds about the sky;

And all around I heard you pass,

Like ladies’ skirts across the grass-

O wind, a-blowing all day long

O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw different things you did,

But always you yourself you hid,

I felt you push, I heard you call,

I could not see yourself at all-

O wind, a-blowing all day long

O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you are so strong and cold

O blower, are you young or old?

Are you a beast of field and tree,

Or just a stronger child than me?

O wind, that sings so loud a song!

By Robert Louis Stevenson

Now let’s have some fun and make a kite.

Materials you will need:

Large paper grocery bag, Tape, String, Scissors, Pencil, String, Markers or Crayons

Hope you have fun flying your kite.

Mrs. Maddox