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These websites are about windmills and wind energy. Students can learn about the history of windmills, their construction, and uses such as grinding grain, pumping water, and generating electricity. There are pictures of windmills, animations, videos to watch, and several designs for building model windmills or other simple wind machines. Included are eThemes resources on simple machines and weather instruments.
This site contains historical and technical information about the development of wind power, along with photographs and schematic illustrations of windmills. NOTE: The reading level is too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
Students can explore the engineering design process by looking at a variety of windmills and constructing their own models in this lesson for grades 3-5. NOTE: The use of multimedia material and printable worksheets on this site is free, but requires registration.
This site was created by students in the Netherlands and has information about Dutch windmills and lots of pictures. NOTE: Because of the translation, the language on this site may be difficult for some students to understand.
These resources explore the basics of simple machines. Topics include pulleys, wheel and axle, inclined planes, wedges, screws, and levers. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on advanced simple machines.
Explore these links to learn about various meteorological instruments such as anemometer, thermometer, hydrometer, barometer, and weather balloons. Learn what type of atmospheric conditions each instrument measures. Read about the history and inventors of the weather instruments. Follow instructions and build your own wind and rain gauges, barometer, hydrometer, and other meteorological tools. Includes photographs, activities, flash cards, a word search, and online game.