Ocean Currents

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In this activity, learners will explore how density is affected by temperature and how that can create currents. This activity includes step-by-step instructions with pictures and a "What's Happening?" section explaining how the activity worked.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 Containers, One Tall and Clear
  • Cold Water
  • Warm Water
  • 2 Colors of Food Coloring
  • Ice
  • Salt


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
    • Structure and Properties of Matter

Informal Categories

  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


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