Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned

Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
Density + Convection Currents Reading w/Questions NGSS Aligned
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This activity is a great addition to both density units and heat units, and is also useful when teaching weather and plate tectonics. The document includes one page (front +back) of a middle school level reading with diagrams about how density creates convection currents in various situations. Examples discussed include ocean currents, weather, and currents in heating homes. Then, there is a HALF PAGE (front + back) worksheet with text-dependent questions. (You can make half the copies you normally would, then cut this in half.) Sometimes I use this activity as a station activity, and other times I have used it as a homework assignment.

Earth/Space Standards: MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3 MS-ESS2-6
Physical Science Standards: MS-PS3-3 MS-PS3-6

Combine this resource with some of the following to make a day of stations:
Convection in a Lava Lamp
Convection in a Liquid Activity
Conduction Activity
Hands-On Convection in Gases Activity
Convection in Hot Air Balloons Reading

Teaching heat? I highly recommend this Middle School Heat Transfer Lab
and this Insulator Design and Build Challenge!

Additional Heat Resources (Middle School):
Convection Worksheet
Insulator and Conductor Cut Outs
Heat Notes
Conduction Activity

Particle Motion Resources (Middle School):
Particle Motion Worksheet
Make a Model: Hand Boiler Activity
Clicking Coins Thermal Expansion Activity
Particle Motion Mini-Lab
Simple Thermal Expansion Activity
Bimetallic Strip Thermal Expansion Activity

Related Assessments (Middle School):
Heat Test
Heat Quiz
Particle Motion and Phase Change Quiz
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