Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A thundercloud contains many small bits of ice and water, which move around and bash into each other.
  • If the ice and water bits inside a thundercloud collide enough times, these collisions can create a huge spark of electricity. This is lightning!
  • Lightning heats up the air around it very quickly, which causes a big sound wave: thunder.

Curriculum keywords

  • Weather
  • Electricity
  • Earth systems
  • Physics

Spark a discussion

  • How is lightning made?
  • Why can lightning be dangerous?
  • How can you stay safe if you are caught outside in a storm?

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