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Students experiment to produce a visual convection current in the classroom and compare it to the images taken of convection cells in the Sun. They analyze the source of the Sun's energy and this type of energy transport.
Students explore convection. In this lesson on heat and energy, students investigate how heat moves in convection currents. They use their finding to better understand how convection currents effect the movement of tectonic plates.
Students explain the role of convection currents in the movement of air. In this earth science lesson, students investigate convection by observing a boiling water in the lab. They describe how fluids move when they experience convection.
High schoolers conduct a series of experiments to investigate density, buoyancy and climate. In this math lesson, pupils design and build a hot air balloon to demonstrate convection. They research and write a paper about solar chimneys.
Students draw a line graph, and use graphing as a tool to discover more about conduction, convection and radiation. They should design their own experiment using heat sensitive paper to show they explain these 3 processes.
Sixth graders work together to show convection currents in the air. They construct a paper propeller that be caused to spin due to the transfer of heat energy through the air.
Students use water, beakers, hot plates, paper dots, and goggles to participate in a hands on activity where they see how a convection current creates wind. For this convection current lesson plan, students participate in a hands on activity to see how the hot water molecules move substances.
Students experiment with the cyclic process of convection and apply the principal to everyday events.
Students explore weather by completing a worksheet in class. In this geology lesson, students discuss the traveling of heat through convection currents and complete a model activity using a beaker, water and hot plate. Students complete an Earth science worksheet and define vocabulary terms.
Sixth graders use jars of water, parsley and heating plates to observe convection currents. They discuss the demonstration and consider how their observations might apply to architecture and building design.
Students read "The Hottest Boy Who Ever Lived" by Anna Fienberg and then identify and discuss types of heat transfer including conduction, convection and radiation. They match actions in the book to types of heat transfer.
Students mix a variety of liquid solutions to see if they light a light bulb in an electrical circuit. They identify liquid electrical conductors and nonconductors. They make a closed circuit to test their solutions.
Elementary schoolers identify the three methods of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. The lesson is mostly lecture-based. When the teacher has finished the presentation, groups of pupils get into teams and they must work together to answer questions posed by the teacher (and embedded in the plan), which will serve to reinforce what they have heard during the lecture. Some terrific extension activities and websites are also present.
Students watch a demonstration using a plastic bag and a hair dryer to create a hot air balloon. After the demonstration, they discuss the results and whether or not hot water behaves the in the same manner as hot air. They conduct their own experiments using soapy water in a pie pan and heating it with a candle. After observations are recorded, they compare the experiments and discuss how this relates to what is going on in the mantle of the Earth.
Discuss the difference between conduction, convection and radiation of thermal energy, and complete activities with your class by investigating the difference between temperature, thermal energy and the heat capacity of different materials.
In this thermodynamics instructional activity, high schoolers learn about insulators and conductors. Students compare the three ways thermal energy is transferred: conduction, convection, and radiation. This instructional activity has 22 matching, 1 multiple choice, 3 fill in the blank, and 4 short answer questions.
Eighth graders investigate the moving of the Earth's plates. In this lithospheric plate movement lesson, 8th graders investigation the connection between the moving of the Earth's plates and the convection currents within the mantle.
Somebody in the Nevada Joint Union High School District has a talent for focusing the important, organizational skills, and a creative eye for creating sharp science presentations! Here is one on heat transfer.  Conduction, convection, and radiation are explained at the level of high school physicists, but in such an orderly and cohesive manner that viewers feel no heat! By the end of the slide show, learners are able to explain the three types of transfer, calculate transfer rates, and relate radiation to temperature.
Learners investigate the concept of density by observing demonstrations. In this density lesson plan, students make observations while the teacher demonstrates the Cartesian diver, a density column, a candle trough, a wave bottle, an inverse wave bottle, a U-tube density trick, convection currents and floating balloons. Learners take notes and explain their observations for three of the demonstrations.
Ninth graders are introduced to the concepts of density and convection/conduction through demonstrations, notes and activities. They are exposed to real-world examples to model the processes that move and shape Earth's surface. Pupils research plate tectonics and the location of various plate boundaries, using science textbooks and the internet.

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