Teacher Share: Talking to Kids about Heavy and Light

Kim Booth is a third grade classroom teacher at the North Street Elementary School in Grafton, Massachusetts. She’s also an educational innovator.  When given the chance to be a mystery reader in her granddaughter’s kindergarten class, she brought along a copy of When the Wind Blows (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015).  Being a teacher herself, she had in her back pocket (so to speak) math and science curriculum tie-ins to weather and weight.  For instance, why not use a fun book about the wind to talk about the difference between heavy and light?

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Kim Booth (Photo taken at the Goddard School in Bellingham, Massachusetts)


Here is Kim’s retelling of her mystery reader experience:

“First I sat on the floor. Always a good place to be with kindergarten students.  We had fun reading the Wind Blows.  Then I put a block and some paper flower petals on the floor.  We talked about why a block can not move in the wind while paper flower petal can. We tried blowing a bunch of different objects with a straw, making our own wind power and with a fan. They loved that the petals made a mess with the fan!

Then we tried to keep bubbles in the air using the same wind sources. The kiddos did well with heavy and light. And it was great fun to use the rhymes and beautiful illustrations in the Wind Blows book to get to those ideas.”

Here are some photos of the anchor board the children discovered on the wall the next day when they came to class:


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For more ways to use When the Wind Blows in classrooms, libraries and at-home learning, see the educator’s guide here.  Inside you’ll find a host of activities for K-3 student, designed to integrating When the Wind Blows into English language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and social studies curricula. All activities were created in conjunction with relevant content standards in ELA, math, science, social studies, art, and drama. There are systems thinking and Biomimcry activities in there as well!


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