On a clear night one can usually spot 6 to 10 meteors an hour. Unfortunately, the best time to see them occurs during the hours of midnight and 6 a.m.
Since looking for meteors is at such an inconvenient time, another way of investigating them is with tiny metal fragments that float to the ground. In this activity students are asked to scoop up some dirt from their back yard and bring that to class in sandwich-sized plastic bags. Students then take a bar magnet and swirl through the dirt. Iron fragments will adhere to the magnet. When scraped off the magnet onto a white sheet of paper, students can look at them using a hand lens. Better yet is seeing them if the teacher has a microscope.
Should the iron particle be rounded, the chances are great that it was part of a meteor that melted when the meteor slammed into the Earth's atmosphere.