Radioactivity Teacher Resources
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A Geiger counter is used to detect emission of alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays. The teacher experiments to find out which materials block each of these forms of radiation. The camera is focused on the measuring instrument and the teacher's hands the entire time, making this video not very visually attractive. However, it is interesting enough to be worthwhile. If you do not have your own Geiger counter, use this video to demonstrate the strength of these forms of nuclear radiation.
Use this innovative text to show the far-reaching influence of the dynamic Curie couple
A student-created, yet comprehensive 37-slide presentation on the life and contributions of Marie Curie awaits your upcoming chemists! With plenty of photographs, this resource introduces the woman who is responsible for our early understanding of radioactivity.
In this science worksheet, students focus upon the vocabulary terms focused around the theme of radioactivity. The answers are found by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.
Imagine that golf balls are radioactive and that they must be moved without touching or dropping them! This is what collaborative groups experience in this challenge. Each group is given a variety of materials with which to construct a device to safely transport the golf balls. This is an exciting team-building activity or introduction to an engineering unit. Adding the idea that the golf balls are radioactive allows for a wrap-up discussion of how such materials might be handled safely.
Simplistic but cute cartoons and old photos are used to teach about the history of studying radiation. The video seems to be old and is somewhat blurry, but is sufficiently viewed in a smaller screen. You could use it as an introduction to nuclear radiation for your high school physics scholars. Create a worksheet of comprehension questions and assign them for homework.
First, beginning chemists assemble a large periodic table of elements. Then, they play a game in which they roll dice, move a marker along the elements, and collect pennies according to the number of valence electrons of the element that they land on. Some of the groups on the table are worth bonus pennies or extra turns! The main objective is to become familiar with the organization of the periodic table as well as names and chemical symbols. Playing a game brings an element of fun to this endeavor!
In this radiochemistry worksheet, learners read about how scientists learn more about elements using radioactive isotopes. Students answer three critical thinking questions about the reading and radiochemistry.
Eight neat slides lead to the understanding of how geologists have determined Earth's age. Most of the slides are dedicated to explaining the absolute dating method of assessment. Color diagrams display radioactive isotopes and a graph depicts half-life of radioactive elements. The final slide tells of how these actions help scientists estimate the age of our planet. This topic is relevant to earth science curriculum at the high school level.
For this atom worksheet, students review the structure of an atom. Students also explore radioactive elements and quarks. This worksheet has 10 fill in the blank, 6 true or false, 1 short answer, and 3 multiple choice questions.
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read a short selection about Antoine Henri Becquerel who accidentally discovered radioactivity. They answer 4 multiple choice, reading comprehension questions, and check their answers at the bottom of the page.
In this radium learning exercise, 7th graders determine the substance used to make the dials of watches glow in the early 1900's. Then they explain why radium glows and what the three most common types of emissions from radioactive nuclei and what each consist of. Students also explain why these particles can damage the human body and what the greatest danger is from exposure to radium and why is so devastating to clock painters.
Students examine the different types of radioactivity. In this radioactive samples lesson students complete a lab activity on radiation and complete a handout.
Students describe an isotope and radioactive isotope in a written essay. They describe how a specific country or region was affected by radioactive contamination and attempt to sympathize with those affected by these radioactive contaminates.
Students work together as a team. Their mission is to get their entire team accross the "river" without having anyone touch the radioactive river. If any member of the team touches the river at any time, the whole team must start over.
Learners work cooperatively as a team to cross a "radioactive" river using a scooter and carpet squares. They discuss and analyze their teamwork and cooperation and the different skills used to complete the activity.
Alpha, beta, and gamma radiation is measured with a Geiger counter and then a variety of materials are tested for their ability to block each type. The video, though not very engaging, can be used to demonstrate this experiment if you do not have a Geiger counter in your high school physics lab.
Colored boxes with white font present the basic periodic table of elements to your young chemists. All of the basics are included: chemical name, symbol, atomic number, atomic mass, and the number of electrons in each orbital. A brief description of the table is printed above the elements. It also includes a small symbol to identify radioactive, liquid, or gaseous elements.
This PowerPoint is a comprehensive review of all the facts related to an atom's basic structure and function. What makes this unique is that it is geared toward an audience of junior geologists. After introducing the periodic table of elements, the composition of Earth's crust is mentioned. The presentation concludes with the definition of a mineral and the stability of their chemical makeup. This is a much-needed support to your earth science curriculum!
In this periodic table of elements worksheet, students are given clues and descriptions for elements in order to determine where they belong in the "Martian Periodic Table". They place the elements in the proper place in the given periodic table based on the clues.