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Subject: Science (6)
Title: Earth's Magnetic Shield: An Inquiry-Based Lesson
Description: Students will begin this inquiry-based lesson by accessing their prior knowledge of the positive and negative effects of the sun's energy. Students will be introduced to the concept of space weather, including cosmic radiation and coronal mass ejections, by watching a video clip from the National Science Foundation. Students will use a dipole bar magnet and iron filings to develop a model of Earth's magnetic field. Students will apply their experience from this inquiry to explain how Earth's magnetic field can protect us from space weather. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.