Catch the Wind

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In this weather activity (page 1 of the PDF), learners will construct their very own anemometer to measure wind speed. Although this activity was designed to be used after a museum workshop about weather, it also makes an excellent stand-alone activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 pieces of heavy cardboard approximately 2”x18”
  • Scissors
  • Staples or tacks
  • 4 individual metal-foil muffin cups
  • Bright paint
  • Sharp, thin nail
  • Large needle
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Spool of thread
  • Glue or cord
  • Block of wood or a flat stone


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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