|Name of Activity||Making Lightning|
|Keywords||found materials, electricity, current, lightning, electrons, protons, thunder|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||Students will use household materials to create an electric current similar to lightning.|
|Lesson Objectives:||To teach students how lightning forms and why it strikes.|
|Materials Needed:||Aluminum pie pans
|Preparation and Set Up:||Gather necessary materials.
Arrange student into groups of 2 – 4.
Distribute necessary materials.
|Necessary Background||Lightening occurs when a connection is made from electrons in the bottom of a cloud to protons in the ground. Electrons in the bottom of the cloud are attracted to the protons in the ground. When the connection is made the protons rush to meet the electron and that is when you see lightening. A bolt of lightening heats the air along its path casing it to expand rapidly. Thunder is the sound caused by this rapid expanding air.