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Students experiment with electricity to understand lightning. In this lightning lesson, students show how static electricity causes lightning. Students discuss questions about their experiment and gather important facts. Students recognize the dangers in lightning and how to be safe in a lightning storm.
Students determine the distance to a lightning strike. They complete a number of examples that determine the distance to a thunderstorm or lightning strike. They focus on safety during a thunderstorm.
Students create a thunderstorm by putting ice cubes and food coloring into a container and observe what happens to the food coloring. In this thunderstorm lesson plan, students discuss the cause and effects of thunderstorms and then complete a demonstration and draw what they see happening.
Students examine thunderstorm formations, energy forms and their sources.  In this thunderstorm lesson students complete several experiments for static electricity experiments. 
Students determine the distance to nearby lightning strike or a distant thunderstorm. After a discussion on thunder and what causes it, they participate in an activity and discover how to calculate the distance of a storm by counting the seconds between the lightning and the sound of thunder.
Young scholars research lightning paying particular attention to how it is formed, where it is most likely to occur, and how most people struck by lightning survive.
Learners investigate lightning. In this lightning lesson, students demonstrate how static electricity is in the air by observing how a balloon reacts to a charge.
In this thunderstorm worksheet, students read about thunder and lightning and the forces behind both. They also read about the timing difference between thunder and lightning. Students answer three critical thinking questions about thunderstorms.
Third graders complete follow-up activities in the computer lab after learning about lightning in their science class. These computer activities reinforce what students learned about lightning and lightning safety in their science classes.
Learners define important vocabulary words related to electricity and charges. In this physics lesson, students examine force created by electricity and lightning. They differentiate between the two forces and how they both generate power.
Young scholars review cloud formation and what they know thunder and lightning storms. Students work in groups to perform a series of demonstrations that show how an accumulation of electrical charges inside a cloud causes a lightning strike.
Third graders decide what they want to explore lightning, how to go about finding the answers, and deciding what skills they need to further study some of their questions.
Students conduct various experiments to explore the concepts that static electricity is the cause of lightning.
Thunder and lightning are so exciting! Your class gets to read all about it. This informational reading passage provides them with a scientific explanation of thunder and lightning. They read the passage, answer comprehension questions, and think of synonyms to replace four descriptive words from the text.
Students look at a lightening demonstration. In this lightening lesson, students bite into a wintergreen candy while looking in the mirror in a dark room. They see sparks in their mouths if they perform the task correctly.
Discover with your class the humorous solution that follows tall tales. Elementary learners will discuss the tall tale Paul Bunyan and give ordinary solutions for the problems in the story. They will read Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett by Steven Kellogg and do guided and independent practice using passages from this story.
Students complete pre reading, writing, post reading activities for the book Thunder and Lightning. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
What happens when two Van de Graaff machines are placed close together? Watch the electrons jump from one generator to the other creating baby lightning and thunder.
Fifth graders will identify the characteristics that define lightning and the different kinds of lightning. They learn to identify geographic causes for the formation of extreme lightning.
Students research different types of lightning patterns and compare their origins to an experiment on static electricity. They research different types of lightning, and explain how different light patterns result from those charges.

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