My 6th graders have been getting pretty wild as the end of the year approaches so I needed to do something this last week of school to keep them engaged and to save my sanity. We just wrapped up climate and climate change so I wanted to do something in that content area so we made windmills as they learned about alternative energy resources.
They had so much fun!! I had so much fun!! The activity makes the process very student directed, I just had to set up the materials, manage the timing, and then circulate to help with problem solving.
I wanted the students to focus on the rotor blades (the spinning part of the windmill) so I created bases they could attach them to.
I set up a testing area in the back of the classroom:
The students did an amazing job staying focused, sharing the testing area, and getting their work done. Here are a few of their amazing creations!
After testing how quickly they could lift the binder clips, I added a cup with washers to see how much they could lift. Our record was 140 grams.
It was such a fun way to keep the kids actively engaged on the last few days of school! Get the full lesson here at my TPT store!