Convection Currents Learning Activity Package

Grade Levels
4th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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9 pages
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What are convection currents? This learning package will answer that question and grab your students' attention. This pack is loaded with relatable examples of convection currents, engaging content, learning activities, and a unique assessment tool.

Compare the mantle convection and the motion of magma to the motion of "lava" in a lava lamp. Examine convection currents in a lava lamp and compare them to the currents in the mantle. Learn how these powerful forces are shaping the planet and causing events like earthquakes. This comic creates a memorable real-life comparison!

This Convection Currents Learning Activity download includes:

Fully Colored Version-

  • Perfect for projecting on front board
  • High quality for printing as a poster.

Black and White Version-

  • Easily printable
  • Engaging to color

Guided Note Version-

  • Fill-in-the-blank!
  • Use as guided reading or guided note-taking tool

Easel Activity

  • Guided Notes in Easel Form
  • Perfect for your virtual classroom

Draw It! Comic-

  • Many words remain, but images are missing. Students draw them in.
  • Your artistic students will love this!

Create Your Own-

  • A completely blank comic template.
  • Students can draw in vertical lines where they see fit.

Rubrics for "Create Your Own" Comic-

  • Two rubrics to serve as instructions for students and a grading tool for you.
  • Rubrics are adjusted to accommodate different learning levels.

Answer Key for Guided Notes

Teacher Tips- Tips and instruction ideas for you!

Standard Guided Notes version available HERE!


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Total Pages
9 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials. Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales. Emphasis is on how processes change Earth’s surface at time and spatial scales that can be large (such as slow plate motions or the uplift of large mountain ranges) or small (such as rapid landslides or microscopic geochemical reactions), and how many geoscience processes (such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and meteor impacts) usually behave gradually but are punctuated by catastrophic events. Examples of geoscience processes include surface weathering and deposition by the movements of water, ice, and wind. Emphasis is on geoscience processes that shape local geographic features, where appropriate.
Develop a model based on evidence of Earth’s interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. Emphasis is on both a one-dimensional model of Earth, with radial layers determined by density, and a three-dimensional model, which is controlled by mantle convection and the resulting plate tectonics. Examples of evidence include maps of Earth’s three-dimensional structure obtained from seismic waves, records of the rate of change of Earth’s magnetic field (as constraints on convection in the outer core), and identification of the composition of Earth’s layers from high-pressure laboratory experiments.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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