Monday, May 23, 2011

Learning about Lightning

The forecast last week called for five consecutive days of rain (ugh!). What better time to learn about lightning, eh? I checked out a few books from our local library to help explain how lightning is made (electricity in the clouds) and what to do to stay safe during a storm.

Most of the books I found explained the science behind storms with more detail and advanced vocabulary than a kindergartener can understand. To solve this problem, I edited the stories a bit, carefully selecting which pages to read to my son. Franklyn M. Branley’s book “Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll” did a great job of explaining lightning and providing safety tips.

After we read up on the topic, I gave my son some story paper that had space for a picture at the top and lines for writing below. I told him to draw a neighborhood at the bottom of the picture window. When he was done drawing houses and trees and a postal drop box (don’t ask me why he added this, we have a mailbox), I paper-clipped a piece of paper behind his drawing, on which I had used a hot glue gun to draw 3-D lightning strikes.

With blue and black crayons stripped of their paper, he held them sideways and rubbed them over his drawing to make lightning magically appear in the dark sky. When his stormy scene was complete, I wrote “When it storms, you should …” at the top of the page and let him finish the sentence on his own.


  1. Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! I love what you do with your son. These activities are awesome and I could only wish all my students' parents when I was teaching would do these kinds of things! We are new followers! :)

  2. Great little projects. I dont think we are big enough yet, but I like the 3d lightning strikes.

  3. New follower on GFC and facebook. I can't wait to see what you guys work on next.

  4. What a fantastic job! Learning about weather is a great science project- great tie in with art and English! Thanks for linking up at The Sunday Showcase- see you this Sunday!