Register with GEF for FREE to enjoy these great benefits! 

    • member only contests and raffles

    • sustainability program news and updates

    • significant discounts at GEF Institute

Note: If you have problems registering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Taking a GEF Institute Course? Login by clicking here.






Join Us

Sign Up for National Green Week!
Please note: Your privacy is very important to GEF. We do not share or sell any of your data.  It is with the sole purpose of providing you with relevant information that GEF will contact you.

Welcome to the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Here, you can find free sustainability lessons to use in your class and upload your own lessons to share. Be sure to rate the lessons you use and leave comments for your colleagues!

All of GEF's lessons and programs are offered at no cost.  Become a member to support GEF and enjoy member only benefits! 
Join button_03

Professional Development

GEFinstitute LOGO_WEB GEF Institute offers affordable, online sustainability courses eligible for professional development or academic credit.
Give your resume a boost!

Sponsor a Teacher

Support educators in your community by helping them earn a Certificate in Sustainability or take an online course. Find out more about sponsorship!
Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

How to Make a Wind Vane

Lesson Description:
MakeAWindvaneIcon Students will be able to:
  • Identify and describe air as a mixture of invisible gases that surrounds us.
  • Describe wind as air that is in motion.
  • Identify wind as a renewable energy source that can be used to generate electricity.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
20-30 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • Science standard 10: understand force and motion.
    • Benchmark # 1: know the effects of forces (e.g., wind) in nature.
  • Science standard 12: understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
    • Benchmark # 1: know learning can come from careful observation and simple experiments.
    • Benchmark # 2: know that tools (e.g., wind vanes) can be used to gather information and extend the senses.
  • Geography standard 16: understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
    • Benchmark # 1: know the role that resources play in our daily lives (wind used to generate electricity).

Materials Needed:
  • 1 Straw
  • 1 Straight pin
  • Index card
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Tape
  • "How To Make A Wind Vane" Directions worksheet

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf HowtoMakea_WindVane.pdf
Located in: Science

The Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse is brought to you in partnership with

Center for Green Schools