Modeling How Dust Moves

EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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Modeling How Dust Moves

Students will demonstrate how static electricity attracts dust

Time

45 Minutes

Setting

Outside

Collection Group

THE DUST BOWL

 

Standards

  • S5E1. Students will identify surface features of the Earth caused by constructive and destructive processes.
    • a. Identify surface features caused by constructive processes.
      • Deposition (Deltas, sand dunes, etc.)
    • b. Identify and find examples of surface features caused by destructive processes.
      • Erosion (water—rivers and oceans, wind)
      • Weathering
      • Impact of organisms

Materials

  • Balloons

Procedures

  1. Blow up balloons and model for students how to rub them against their heads to create static electricity.
  2. Then hold the balloons above an unplanted part of the garden with exposed dry soil to see how dirt can be picked up into the air by static electricity as it did during the giant dust storms. This can also be done indoors using dry soil or flour.

Explorations in this Collection

Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

Exploring Solutions for Soil Conservation

Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

Understanding Life During the Dust Bowl

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl

Searching for the Cause and Effects of the Dust Bowl