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Create Lightning With A Balloon!
Discrepant Events Research
LEGO Timeline
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A LEGO Lesson
Evaporation Activity
Condensation Activity
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Mass/Weight Misconception
Dissolving Misconception
Living Things Misconception
Air/Oxygen Misconception
Planetary Orbit Misconception
Surface Tension Demonstration
Air Pressure Paradox
Iodine/Starch Paradox
Air Pressure Paradox
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Mouse Simile
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Air Speed/Flight Demonstration
Cohesion Demonstration
Optical Illusion Demonstration
Lightning Demonstration
Twinkling Star Demonstration
Density Paradox

Science Area:  Earth Science
Content:  Lightning

Create Lightning



Two Balloons

Wool Mitten



Inflate both balloons.

Rub one balloon on the wool mitten and the other against a smooth wall.

Darken the room.

Hold a balloon in each hand and slowly move the balloons close together. 




1.  Why do the balloons have to be rubbed on separate things?

2.  What does the wool mitten do to the balloon?

3.  What does the smooth wall do to the balloon?

4.  What happens when the balloons are rubbed together?


Source:  Potter, Jean. Science in Seconds for Kids. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York.  1995.  p. 120