Thunderstorm Teacher Resources
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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 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.
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.
Learners 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.
Students investigate lightning. In this lightning lesson, students demonstrate how static electricity is in the air by observing how a balloon reacts to a charge.
Students 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.
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.
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.
While a comprehensive and interesting lesson plan on lightning, the focus could be changed to make it more applicable to classroom curriculum. Learners conduct research on lightning, create a PowerPoint, and share their presentations in this activity focusing on safety during a lightning storm.
Students 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.
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.
Pupils complete pre reading, writing, post reading activities for the book Thunder and Lightning. For this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
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.
Students conduct experiments. In this weather activity, students review what they know about weather elements such as cloud formation and storms. Students conduct demonstrations and learn how lightning strikes.
In this weather learning exercise, students read about the mechanics of a hurricane and then complete 4 short answer questions based on the reading.
In this earth science activity, students read and study about the formation of lightning and thunder using online resources. They complete 8 short answer questions that follow.
Students conduct an experiment. In this lightning and thunder instructional activity, students learn how to figure out how far away a thunderstorm is.