NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Lightning Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which support the study of electricity-related
concepts such as Lightning. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet
educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to
two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources
(information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition,
there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers
provide instruction in this theme.
Electricity (Concepts) Theme Page
Electronics (Circuitry) Theme Page
Magnetism Theme Page
General Lightning Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Lightning. Please read our disclaimer.
- View this section of the Franklin Institute (what would be more appropriate?)
for information on the history and science of lightning. They also have a
piece on lightning detection.
a Lightening Calculator
- In this activity, students will learn how to predict lightening distances
and discover why light travels faster than sound.
- The Alberta Ministry of Environmental Protection collects data on lightning
strikes within the province and makes them available from this site both cumulatively
and daily. They also describe their lightning detection system.
Asked Questions about Lightning
- From Kerry Anderson of the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton
Voltage: What Happens When People and Lightning Converge?
- A readable news article from NASA that describes the incidence and impact
of lightning strikes on the human body.
Lightning Information and Safety
- Developed by a lightning strike victim, this site offers kids' information
on lightning and lightning safety. Sabrina writes, "it really hurts when you
are struck by lightning and I want to help other kids to learn more about
lightning safety. I want to share what I have learned with you. I think that
the more you know, the safer you can be."
- This instructional unit is part of the "Science With OAR" web site developed
by the University of South Alabama. It consists of explanatory sections on
lightning, student activity assignments, and links to other external lightning
sites where students can collect the data to answer the questions.
and Atmospheric Electricity Research at the GHCC
- Don't let the name scare you away from this NASA site. For a sound introduction
to lightning (history, basics, safety, etc.) check out their "Lightning Primer."
Then, to learn more about how NASA's space program is involved, read their
section on Space Research and Observations.
in a Jar
- Students create lightening in a clear plastic jar with a light bulb.
- A very comprehensive site that contains basic explanatory information as
well as photo and sound files. A lengthy index lists such sections as survivors,
FAQs, myths, strike maps, safety and more. Note this site is actively sponsored
by Christian Internet Services (CIS).
- Over 150 photographs by Michael Bath.
- Over 75 photographs of lightning strikes by Dave 'stormguy' Crowley. He
also offers photography and safety tips.
- The Lightning Safety Institute offers advice on personal protection in
outdoor recreational events, parks, swimming pools, boats, and in general.
They also have other useful information.
Storms: Online Meteorology Guide
- Dangers, types and components of thunderstorms.
- An article explaining sparks, lighting and conductive plasma.
- This site has pictures of what the owner advertises as the "closest 12
stroke lightning strike ever caught on video" as well as background information
on the event. Included are also other pictures from professional stormchasers
and links to related sites.
- This link is to an archive of over 25 lightning strike pictures taken by
Michael Fewings whose goal is to combine artistry with lightning. See also
his "current" photographs from this page and his tips on how to "avoid" being
- The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsors this "FEMA for Kids"
site on thunderstorms/lightning. Children can read information specially developed
for them on terminology, what lightning is, what if someone is hit by lightning,
facts and fiction, photos, things to know, and what one might feel in a disaster.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "lightning
or thunder or storm" will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the
web sites that these lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's
the creation of lesson objectives and the sequencing of the tours through
the sites that make the lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution
#2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web
sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
- Student tutorials, experiments with static electricity, an interactive
safety section, and a quiz for grades 5-9.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of information about Lightning. For other resources in Sciences (e.g., curricular content in Earth, Life or Physical sciences, etc), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.