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A science reading lesson on understanding weather basics.
 

WINDS

A science lesson on understanding earth's wind systems. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn that winds move in global patterns and from high to low pressure areas.
  • Students will learn how global wind patterns affect weather.
  • Students will learn about wind systems including the Polar Easterlies, the Prevailing Westerlies, and the Trade Winds.

 

 

  

 
 
 

 

WIND LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the Winds reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

  Winds are caused by differences in temperature and air pressure.  When there is a difference in pressure between two air masses, movement begins between them.  The air moves from the area of high pressure to the area of low pressure until the pressure is equal.  The greater the differences in pressure, the stronger the wind will be. 

          The earth doesn't heat evenly.  Some places on earth are warmer than others.  The sun shines more directly on the equator than it does on the poles.  This makes the equator much warmer.  Warm air rises.  Cold, denser (or heavier) air moves in from below to take its place. Cool air sinks.  In addition, the earth spins.  This spinning causes air to be turned in the direction of the spin. 

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Winds Lesson and Worksheet

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