Gr 1 - 1st Graders See the Wind (Sci,ELA)

Terri Mills - David Reese Elementary School

Subject Area: Science

Grade Level: First Grade

Overview: The class will discuss, read about, write about, and draw how wind is weather that can be observed and described. The student work will be shared with the world via and a classroom blog using each student's own voice.

Objectives: Students will be able to write several sentences describing what they see and feel when they are observing the weather phenomenon of wind.

Procedure: Step 1 & 3 involve students and should be completed over 2-3 days. Step 3 will probably require the assistance of another adult or older peer helper. Step 2 & 4 are completed by the teacher.
Step 1

  • Gather the class on the carpet.
  • Ask for volunteers to describe when they have felt or seen the wind.
  • Read the book I Can See the Wind by Allan Fowler to the class. Stop on several pages to discuss the wind.
  • On the page that says the wind is in a hurry, allow the students to rush around like hurricane winds.
  • On page 6, have the class pretend their hands are sails. They can blow their sailboat away from them.
  • On page 7, have the class fan themselves with their hand to feel their own wind.
  • After page 8, ask the class why they think air moves from one place to another.
  • On page 11, the students can move their hand in a circular motion, up, away, and down back towards their body to simulate how air moves along a coastline.
  • After page 16, have students give examples of ways they have seen the wind.
  • Before page 20, ask students to give examples of how people use the wind.
  • After completing the book, ask the class to brainstorm how the wind feels, what it sounds like, what it smells like, and what they see when it is windy. Write their responses on the board, so they can reference the words during the writing activity.
  • Hand out the cloze paper. Once they complete the bottom cloze portion, the students will draw a picture at the top that illustrates one of the statements they wrote.

Step 2 - This is teacher only work that can be completed after school.

  • Place the first student’s finished wind paper on a 12 X 18 sheet of construction paper to create a border. Take a digital picture of it. Repeat with the remaining students’ papers.
  • Save the digital pictures in a file on your computer.
  • Upload the photos to You will need to make an account do to this step.
  • After signing in, go to “Create.”
  • Click on “Upload.”
  • Click on “My Computer” and choose the photos you want to upload.

Step 3 - Hook up a microphone to the computer before starting this portion. An older peer helper or adult aide/volunteer will probably be needed for this day.

  • After the photos have been uploaded, click on “My Voice” and then menu.
  • Choose “Edit.”
  • Click on the first piece of student work shown.
  • Click on “Comment.”
  • Below the student work, you will probably see a button that says “Comment.” Click on it. Several new buttons should appear. One of them says “Record.”
  • Bring that student over to the computer, and press “Record” to record the student reading their paper about wind aloud.
  • Repeat with each student.

Step 4 - Publishing- This is teacher only work that can be done after school.

  • Go back to Log-in.
  • Click on “My Voice,” “Menu,” and then “Edit.”
  • You need to adjust some settings so that you can share this Voicethread with others, including linking it to your blog.
  • Click on “Publishing Options” at the bottom.
  • You will need to check off “Allow anyone to View.”
  • If you want to be able to control comments other people add to your Voicethread, also choose “Moderate Comments.”
  • Click “Save.”
  • In order to embed this on your blog, click on “Embed” at the bottom.
  • This part is confusing on Don’t click on “Copy This.” You need to wait for the long code to appear in the top portion of the window that opened. I have found that it does not always cooperate. Most of the time, I have to log-out a couple of times before it works.
  • When the Embed code appears, click on the button “Copy.” You will paste that into a post on your blog.


  • Can You See the Wind? by Allan Fowler
  • Copies of the Cloze Weather Statements
  • Computer Microphone
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Classroom Blog
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Pencils

Lesson Resources:

Student Products:



  • Communication and Collaboration

Common Core Standards:

  • Production and Distribution of Writing 6 - With guidance and support from adults, use a

variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

California Content Standards:

  • Science Standard 3- The student will understand that weather can be observed, measured, and described.
  • Writing Standards
    • Writing Strategies
      • 1.2- The students will use descriptive words when writing.
      • 1.4a The students will orally generate ideas during prewriting activities.
    • Writing Applications
      • 2.2 The students will write brief expository descriptions of a real object, person, place or
      • event, using sensory details.
  • ELA Conventions
    • 1.5 The students will use a period, exclamation point, or question mark at the end of sentences.