Wind Erosion Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about wind erosion with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text defining the term and explaining the three types. Discussion questions, interactive cooperative activities and a quiz are included to increase understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain wind erosion
  • describe three types of wind erosion
  • discuss landforms caused by wind erosion


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Wind Erosion Lesson for Kids, one for each student or a shared copy
  • Images of landforms caused by wind erosion
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Soil and sand
  • Shoeboxes
  • Straws
  • Scissors

Key Vocabulary

  • Wind erosion
  • Aeolian landforms

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.


  • Engage students with the topic by showing them images of landforms caused by wind erosion. Instruct them to talk to a partner about how these landforms were made.
  • Share answers as a whole group then tell students they will be learning about wind erosion. Label your chart paper 'Wind Erosion.'
  • Share or distribute the lesson Wind Erosion Lesson for Kids and read the first section 'What Is Wind Erosion?' together.
  • Define 'wind erosion' on chart paper and ask:
    • How is wind like the Invisible Woman?
    • What can wind do to landforms?
    • Have you ever been in a very windy situation? What did you see and experience?
  • Now write 'Types of Wind Erosion' on the chart paper and read the section with the same title.
  • Record the three types of wind erosion with students.
  • Now look at the picture showing the three types of erosion. Draw the image on your chart paper and label.
  • Ask:
    • How do we categorize wind erosion?
    • Which type has larger particles?
    • Which type typically moves soil?
    • Which carries particles long distances?
  • Work with students to come up with examples of each type of wind erosion.
  • Read the section 'Wind-erful Landforms' with students. Define terms on your chart paper, sketching an image of each type or attaching an image with glue.
  • Now read the 'Lesson Summary' with students and review content on the chart before taking the quiz to check understanding.

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