Teaching overview

Learning points

  • The aurora borealis was recently observed in locations farther south than normal.
  • The amazing natural light show is caused by activity on the Sun.
  • Scientists study solar activity so they can predict what impact there may be on Earth.

Curriculum keywords

  • aurora borealis
  • northern lights
  • geomagnetic storms

This Week's Kahoot Quiz

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Spark a discussion

The Aurora Borealis

  • What colors of light could be seen in the sky?
  • Can you name a state in America where the aurora borealis was seen?
  • What other name is the aurora borealis sometimes given?

Solar Storms

  • Activity on which star in our solar system causes the aurora?
  • What helps to deflect the particles to the North and South Poles?
  • What color of light appears when particles interact with oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere?

Geomagnetic Storms

  • What grade was the recent geomagnetic storm given?
  • Why do scientists study geomagnetic storms?
  • Why do you think it can be difficult to study activity on the sun?

Classroom Resources

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