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STEM LESSON ABOUT THUNDERSTORMS
Why Do you See Lightning Before Hearing Thunder?
Begin a discussion by asking the children a few questions to get them thinking. Have you ever seen lightning? Are you afraid of thunder?
Lightning is a powerful burst of electricity that happens very quickly during a thunderstorm and happens inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the ground. The average temperature of lightning is around 36000 °F, hotter than the surface of the Sun (9941 °F)!
Lightning happens when particles (small pieces) of ice and water bump around inside a cloud. As they bump into each other, they create an electric charge, like when you drag your feet across the carpet and get a shock, only way more powerful. Most lightning just stays in the clouds, but every now and then some leaks out and shoots down to the ground, creating a lightning strike. Lightning is most likely to hit tall objects, including trees and mountains – anything that stands up from the ground.
Thunder is the sound caused by lightning. When lightning shoots toward the ground it’s moving really fast – about 60 miles per second. When you’re in the car, you might go 60 miles in an hour, so lightning is that much faster than a car. As the lightning shoots through the air, it heats up the air. When air gets that hot, that fast, it explodes making thunder.
Why do we see lightning before we hear thunder? Because light travels faster than sound. After you see a flash of lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear the thunder. For every 5 seconds the storm is one mile away. You need to divide the number of seconds you count by 5 to get the number of miles. The closer you are, the less seconds between seeing the lightning and hearing the thunder.
Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning.
- Watch Ms. Halley use a balloon to create static electricity
- If you would like to learn more about thunder and lighting
What Causes Thunder and Lightning?
Science Max – LIGHTNING – Home Experiments
- Songs and Stories
Lightning and Thunder | Preschool | The World Around Me | Kid Friendly | Educational
KIDZ BOP Kids – Thunder (Official Music Video)
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Our sound for this week is y. Can you think of words that begin with y? Yes, yarn and yellow are a few. If you or your parent trace and cut out a y letter you could glue yarn on it or guess what color you could color it? I cut out a y and other pieces of paper to make a yak. It’s not hard to do. You will see it in a picture I’m sending.
If you don’t know what a yak is here is a bit of information about them. Yaks are related to cattle. There are two types, wild and domesticated. Yaks live in icy, cold mountainous regions of Central Asia. You can find it on a world map. Yaks are large animals that have strong sturdy legs and thick long shaggy fur that keeps them warm in the bitter cold. They eat grasses, herbs and small shrubs. They crunch on ice or snow for water. You can find a lot of pictures and information about them online. Your family can help yo with that.
Here’s another fun project for the letter Yy:
For math this week I thought doing some work on before, between and after numbers would be fun to practice. What numbers you use will depend on your child’s number sense. I have sent an example for you to see. Parents, you can make the pages and your child can tell you and then write the number that fits the space. If your child doesn’t write numbers yet you can use a highlighter to write and they can trace. See if they can give you the answer first. Use more challenging numbers for those who are able. Counting and number tracing or writing is always helpful. If you have any questions please email me. I like hearing from you. Thank you for the April and May pages I’ve been receiving. I’ll be putting the books together at the beginning of June so there is still time.
Have a wonderful week!
Love, Mrs. White
Have your child choose from any of the following type activities to explore and create:
Legos, Blocks, Puzzles, Games, Coloring, Drawing, Cutting, Painting, Playdough, ETC.
****PRAYER, SNACK, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Say Snack Prayer:
Dear Jesus we thank you for the food we are about
to receive. We thank you especially for my family
for providing it.
Eat snack, clean up!
- Play outside, run races, jump, climb. Enjoy any large motor activity OR use one of the links below:
Find two books at home to read to/with your child or use the resource listed below to hear a book read online.
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Mrs. Castillo 360-473-9694
Mrs. Frazee 425-761-4852
Mrs. White 206-371-6749
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