What Causes Thunder and Lightning?

Don't be afraid of thunderstorms! Watch a video that explains the science behind thunder and lightning. The speaker relates real-world experiences to the main components of a thunderstorm.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a worksheet to pair along with the video that viewers complete as they watch
  • Flip the classroom and have viewers watch and take notes on the video outside of class, ready for a whole-class discussion the next day
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is the 24th of 26 in an Earth science series
  • Take note of comments and other ads on YouTube
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Instructor is enthusiastic
  • Images help support the content being presented in the video
  • Presents content very quickly
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