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Make a Windmill

Lesson Description:
makeawindmill Students will be able to...
  • Describe how windmills work and their impact on the environment over time.
  • Identify and describe wind power as a renewable energy source.
  • Make observations, collect and record data, and draw conclusions on wind power based on the operations of a model windmill.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Standards Addressed:
  • Technology Standard 4: Understand the nature of technological design.
  • Benchmark # 6: Use appropriate tools, techniques and quantitative measurements to implement proposed solutions.

  • Science Standard 12: Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
  • Benchmark # 3: Plan and conduct simple investigations.

  • Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know the characteristics, locations and uses of renewable resources (e.g., water, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass) and non renewable resources (e.g., fossil fuels).

  • History Standard 8: Understand major discoveries in science and technology, some of their social and economic effects, and the major scientists and inventors responsible for them.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know various technological developments to control fire, water, wind, and soil, and to utilize natural resources (e.g. trees, coal, oil, gas) in order to satisfy basic human needs.
  • Benchmark # 14: Know the significant scientific and technological achievements of various historical societies.

Materials Needed:
  • Pictures of windmills (past to present)

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf MakeaWindmill.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf MakeaWindmillLesson.pdf
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