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Dancing Lights

Aurora Borealis

Dancing Lights provides a set of five activities that allows students in Grades 3 through 5 to explore the beauty, science and mythology of the aurora creatively through art and writing. (Courtesy Joshua Strang/USAF)

Current Update

The Dancing Lights program is a NASA Approved Product. If you have questions about the program, please contact us at epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has a Dancing Lights contest opportunity for Colorado Students in grades 3-5. The contest will occur in the spring of 2014. Entries are due on April 18th, 2014. For more information, view the Colorado Contest Information.

Workshop Opportunity, Saturday, February 22, 2014

Educators can learn about the program and the science of the Sun-Earth connection during a one-day workshop. The workshop will occur in Boulder, CO. from 9am to 4pm. More information and registration is available by clicking the “Register Now” button below.

Eventbrite - Dancing Lights: Exploring the Aurora through Art and Writing

Introduction

Dancing Lights is a science-in-literacy program about the aurora. Students in grades 3-5 write and illustrate their perceptions, ideas, and facts pertaining to auroral science. Dancing Lights converted to a national program in 2009. Previously, the program name was “Colorado Lights.” We are pleased to present Dancing Lights to you and your students and sincerely hope you enjoy participating.

Lessons and Materials

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Recommended Reading

(All are available on Amazon.com)

  • Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights by Mindy Dwyer
  • Auroras: Light Shows in the Night Sky by Donna Walsh Shepherd
  • The Fiddler of the Northern Lights by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  • The Night Rainbow by Barbara Juster Esbensen
  • Northern Lights by Dorothy Souza
  • Not Every Day an Aurora Borealis for Your Birthday: A Love Poem by Carl Sandburg
  • Science Matters: Northern Lights by David Whitefield
  • Sky Sisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
  • Wonders of the World – The Northern Lights by Deborah Underwood
  • Under the Night Sky by Amy Lundebrek

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