Density and Convection Currents: Reading and Questions


Learn how DENSITY causes CONVECTION CURRENTS in real-world scenarios.

Grades 7 and Up

This reading is a great addition to both density and thermal energy (heat) units, and is also useful when teaching weather and plate tectonics (convection in the mantle). 

Assign on paper or digitally in Google Classroom – includes both versions!

Examples discussed include:

  • Ocean currents
  • Weather
  • Plate tectonics
  • Currents in heating homes

There is also a 10-question worksheet with text-dependent reading comprehension questions.

You may also be interested in our Set of 4 Heat Worksheets!

Teacher Notes:

  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
  • NGSS Earth/Space Standards: MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS2-5, and MS-ESS2-6
  • NGSS Physical Science Standards: MS-PS3-3 and MS-PS3-6
  • Check out more resources in the heat section of our shop!


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