These Pinwheels will create quite a breeze in your classroom!
Create a quick and easy Pinwheel for students to make, and then discuss aerodynamics and wind power.
Students can understand how wind can be used to move and power objects. Even moving a hand up and down creates enough of a breeze to cause the Pinwheels to rotate.
Supplies Used: Construction paper, Eraser (cut off of pencil), Pencil, Spacer beads (clear), T-pin
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- To create the body of the Frog, Bird or Butterfly, fold a piece of construction paper in half.
- Place the folded paper against the white painted edge of the die and die-cut. The fold allows room for the body of the shape to wrap around a pencil.
- Fold the hole tabs inward on the perforations of the body.
- The pencil goes down from the top of the body through the hole in the tabs.
- Slide the body up the pencil so that the eraser on the pencil shows through the hole in the middle of the body.
- Die-cut two legs (or wings) using a contrasting color of construction paper.
- Fold the legs on the perforations (Main Photo). Fold the tabs on the legs inward.
- Slide a T-pin through the holes in the tabs and through the hole in the leg.
- Place a clear spacer bead onto the T-pin.
- Slide the T-pin through the hole in the body, and through the eraser showing in the hole.
- Place another spacer bead onto the T-pin.
- Slide the other folded leg onto the T-pin through the leg hole and tab holes.
- Place the cut pencil eraser onto the tip of the T-pin to hold the legs and beads on the T-pin (Main Photo).
- Discuss aerodynamics, various means of creating energy and natural resources that can be harnessed to create energy.
National Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.2 Using Knowledge of Structures and Functions
- Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
- Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.
NS.K-4.2 Physical Science
As a result of the activities in grades K–4, all students should develop an understanding of
- Properties of objects and materials
- Position and motion of objects
- Light, heat, electricity and magnetism
NS.K-4.6 Personal and Social Perspectives
As a result of activities in grades K–4, all students should develop understanding of
- Types of resources