There's a thunderstorm coming soon and you're scared. Instead of hiding under the covers, what can you do? Let's learn about lightning and how to stay safe during a storm! Task: You will visit some fun websites to learn about lightning. First, we'll talk about how lightning is made and what it is. Next, we will read a story about a girl and her family who were struck by lightning. Finally, we will learn how to be safe during a storm. When we have finished learning all about lightning, you will write a story about a storm. You can choose to write a fiction story or a non-fiction story about someone who is stuck in a storm and what the person did to stay safe.

First, let's learn how lightning is made.

Click on this website and then let's fill in the blanks together. How Does Lightening Form?

1. Negative charges are in the __________ of the cloud.
2. Positive charges are on the __________.
3. Thunder is the sound of __________ expanding _________.

So, when the negative charges rush down to meet the positive charges, it creates the lightning bolt. Thunder is the sound that lightening causes.

**Fun Fact** We hear thunder AFTER we see the lightning because light moves faster than sound!

Let's learn more about a bolt of lightning from this website: Kidstorm Lightening

1. It takes less than one ___________ for the lightning to form.
2. Lightning can take up to ___________ steps to get from the sky to the ground!
3. One bolt of lightning can be as hot as ___________ degrees Fahrenheit.

There are different kinds of lightning, too. Not all of it hits the ground. Hitting the ground means that a bolt of lightning can hit a tree, power pole, a building, or even a person!

Let's read a story about what happened to a little girl who got caught outside in the lightning. Click on this website: Sabrina Lightening

1. Why is it important to learn about lightning safety?
2. Do you think that you should go hiking when a storm is coming?

Click this website and let's learn how to be safe during a storm: Lightning Safety for Kids

1. Lightning can start:

a) a tornado
b) snow to fall from the clouds
c) a fire

2. Scientists think that lightning can strike even as far as:

a) 100 feet away from a storm.
b) 15 feet away from a storm.
c) 50 feet away from a storm.

3. In a lightning storm, you should stay away from:

a) water and everything that carries water such as pipes, water faucets, sinks, and bathtubs.
b) your pet because it can shock you.
c) soft, warm blankets because they can catch on fire if you're inside the house.

4. What places can give shelter from a lightning storm?

When there is a lightning storm, the best idea is to get down low or inside of a building. Lightning strikes the tallest things first.

Let's visit this website and then click on "Lightning" in the menu to the left-hand side of the screen: Wild Wild Weather.

1. What should you do if your hair stands on end, your skin is tingling, or you hear clicking sounds?
2. How long does it take thunder to travel one mile?
3. You should not lie _______ on the _______ because it will what?

Now that we have learned all about lightning and how to be safe during a thunderstorm, I would like you each to write a one-page description or fictional story about lightning and thunderstorms.

This is the rubric: Rubric A rubric is the guide for the teacher to grade your paper with. Make sure that your paper meets all of these requirements.