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Lesson Plan

Convective Cells


In this lesson developed by the Arctic Eider Society, students solidify their understanding of particle density based on temperature and demonstrate the cyclical movement of a convective cell through an experiment.

1. Convective Cells

Students learn that warm air rises higher in the troposphere, and goes down as it cools. This cyclical current is called a convective cell.

2. Experiment

Using water and food colouring, students can visualize how warm and cool bodies of water interact in a similar way to convective cells.

3. Transfer Questions

A set of questions help students further their reflection and transfer their learning into application situations.


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