Wind Energy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Students use electricity all the time, but do they understand where it comes from? This lesson plan utilizes a written lesson, a short video, and homemade model of a wind turbine to teach students about wind energy.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe how wind energy is harnessed to create electricity
  • state the major pros and cons of using wind energy
  • demonstrate how wind energy can be utilized to create work


1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


  • Copies of the lesson What is Wind Energy?
  • Image of a wind farm
  • Construction paper or card stock, cut into squares of various sizes
    • 3in x 3in
    • 5in x 5in
    • 7in x 7in
    • 10in x 10in
  • Scissors
  • Tacks
  • Hole punch
  • Straws, cut in half
  • Wooden dowels or barbecue skewers
  • Rubber bands
  • String, cut into 20in lengths
  • 3oz paper cups

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