How Does the Earth's Magnetic Field Cause Aurora by Rachel Geiter

Project:     NASA Heliophysics Teacher-Developed Lessons

Teacher will introduce auroras with a favorite short video, then students will be asked to find videos they think are interesting on social media and share them with each other and the teacher. Students write down initial questions and share. Students create an initial model (individually, talking in groups, drawing an explanation, sharing with class). Students make connections between aurora and magnets (prior study). Teacher provides an overview of the magnetosphere with pictures/videos (7-10 min Slides). Students then follow instructions to make an edible model of the magnetosphere. They can eat it when their model is correct! Check for understanding: google slide with picture of edible model, students need to drag and drop labels of different parts of magnetosphere onto picture.