Lesson 2: The Amazing and Beautiful Aurora
Part A. Aurora Webquest
This activity will require approximately one 30-minute period:
- 1 class for students to complete the WebQuest activity
- Record observations using a single word, notes in point form, sentences, and simple diagrams and charts (e.g., use a data table to record night sky observations)
Through this lesson students will become more familiar with the mysterious and beautiful aurora. Students will learn that the aurora are connected to sunspots and solar flares and that they can be seen from both extreme northern and southern latitudes.
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Internet research
- Language Arts
- Descriptive writing
Students will use an Internet WebQuest research activity to learn of the intricate nature of the aurora borealis. Students will learn that the aurora are connected to sunspots and solar flares and that they can be seen from both extreme northern and southern latitudes. Students will also observe several amazing and beautiful images of the aurora and the will have the opportunity to draw and sketch the aurora.
Materials and Resources
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- Student WebQuest worksheet (PDF format, 24 KB)
- magnetic fields
- solar flare
- Aurora Borealis
- magnetic pole
- charged particles
Developing the Lesson
- Handout resources...
- Student WebQuest sheet
- Explain time frames
- approx. 1 class for WebQuest
- Explain lab protocol
- what students can and cannot do in the computer lab
- no off-task surfing
- stop when the time is up
- Assign students to groups
- 2 students per group
- After 40 min. reassemble the class and commence closure activity
As a closure activity, teacher should review the questions from the student WebQuest worksheet. The teacher may wish to ask several students to share their previous thoughts on the cause and origin of the aurora.
The student WebQuest worksheet should be taken in and graded for completeness and correct responses. Teachers may also wish to evaluate students' ability to work within their small groups.
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