NGSS Earth/Space Standards: MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3 MS-ESS2-6
NGSS Physical Science Standards: MS-PS3-3 MS-PS3-6
This middle school 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.) Great as an in class station or a stand-alone homework assignment.
Combine this resource with some of the following to make a day of CONVECTION STATIONS:
Convection in a Lava Lamp
Hands-On Convection in Gases Activity
Convection in Hot Air Balloons Reading
Deadly Density Reading Activity
We highly recommend this Middle School Insulator/Conductor Lab
and this Insulator Design and Build Challenge!
We have lots of related resources in the HEAT SECTION OF OUR STORE.
Additional Heat Resources (Middle School):
Make a Model: Hand Boiler Activity
Clicking Coins Thermal Expansion Activity
Simple Thermal Expansion Balloon Activity
Particle Motion and Phase Change Quiz
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