EASY Thermal Energy & Heat Convection Currents LAB ACTIVITY (Middle School)

EASY Thermal Energy & Heat Convection Currents LAB ACTIVITY (Middle School)
EASY Thermal Energy & Heat Convection Currents LAB ACTIVITY (Middle School)
EASY Thermal Energy & Heat Convection Currents LAB ACTIVITY (Middle School)
EASY Thermal Energy & Heat Convection Currents LAB ACTIVITY (Middle School)
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Product Description

Effectively demonstrates convection currents for middle school students.

Uses only very simple supplies!

NGSS Earth/Space: MS-ESS2-2 MS-ESS2-3 MS-ESS2-6

NGSS Physical Science: MS-PS3-3 MS-PS3-6

This investigation is very effective as either a student investigation or a teacher demonstration of convection currents. The supplies are simple - hot and cold tap water, large beaker, small cup, rubber band, food coloring, and plastic wrap. The worksheet leads students (or the teacher performing the demonstration) step-by-step through a simple process, and then provides a section for observations and analysis questions. Year after year, this lab proves to be a "light bulb" moment when teaching middle school students about convection currents.

There are two very similar versions of this lab provided - one has more of a focus on convection in Earth's mantle and the other is strictly focused on convection currents. Take a look at both and use the one that fits your needs better.

Combine this resource with some of the following to make a day of CONVECTION STATIONS:

Hands-On Convection in Gases Activity

Convection Worksheet

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Clicking Coins Thermal Expansion Activity

Simple Thermal Expansion Balloon Activity with Balloons

Heat Test

Heat Quiz

Particle Motion and Phase Change Quiz

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