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Lightning – Nature’s Firework  

If thunder is Mother Nature’s percussion instruments, then lightning is certainly Nature’s fireworks. How is lightning formed? Lightning happens when negative electrical charges build up in the bottom portion of a rain cloud. At the same time, objects on the ground have a positive charge. When the negatively charged molecules in the clouds get close to the ground, a positive surge from the ground comes up to meet it. When the two meet, the result is lightning.

Easy Science for Kids at Home on Lightning - a Diagram Showing How Lightning is Formed

Easy Science for Kids at Home on Lightning – a Diagram Showing How Lightning is Formed

When does Lightning happen? Lightning happens every day. Over 100 lightning strikes occur somewhere on the Earth every second. Each lightning strike can contain up to one billion volts of electricity. Wow!

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Earth Science for Kids All About Lightning - Image of Lightning

Earth Science for Kids All About Lightning – Image of Lightning

Fun Facts About Lightning for Kids

  • Lightning heats up the air around it. The air expands and vibrates, making thunder.
  • Lightning is very dangerous. Every year, it kills about 2,000 people worldwide.
  • Lightning storms are common in the mountains.
  • Ball lightning happens when a ball of lightning floats through the air. Scientists don’t know why this occurs.
All about Lightning Easy Science for Kids - an image of Ball Lightning

All about Lightning Easy Science for Kids – an image of Ball Lightning

Lightning Vocabulary

  1. Percussion: drums and rhythm instruments
  2. Molecules: small particles
  3. Surge: forward movement

All About Lightning Video for Kids

This is the best video we found for kids to learn about what is Lightning made of:

Lightning Q&A

Question: What should I do in a lightning storm?

Answer: Get to lower ground as quickly as possible if you’re on a mountain. Go to a large building or shelter. Even your car offers some protection. In a forest, get down under a grove of small trees. In an open area, go to a ravine or valley. If you feel your hair standing on end, lightning is about to strike. Duck down on the balls of your feet. Cover your ears and tuck your head between your elbows.

 

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