Why do you think the umbrellas blew away, but other things on the beach did not?
Why do you think trees don’t get blown down by the wind, but umbrellas do?
To help us figure it out, let’s pretend to be trees blowing in the wind. Maybe that will give us some ideas! Go to the next slide to begin.
What ideas do trees give you, for making an umbrella that won’t blow down in the wind?
Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity and exploration you just completed.
This video read-aloud of The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is the story of a girl struggling to create a truly “magnificent thing.”
Students will enjoy the surprise at the end of the book and will learn about the process of engineering design along the way.
Paper Bag Kite: In this activity, students create simple paper bag kites, then experiment to find out how different features affect how the kites fly.
Fly a Leaf: In this activity, students experiment to find out which leaf shapes catch the most wind. Great for a windy day!