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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
This is an information-intense presentation for any science class you might be teaching that will study ionising radiation. The material is specific to cancer diagnosis and treatment, and one of the forty-two slides also touches on using radiation for sterilisation. You will find this useful for your honors or advanced placement classes.
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!
For this radiochemistry worksheet, students read about how scientists learn more about elements using radioactive isotopes. Students answer three critical thinking questions about the reading and radiochemistry.
Students examine the different properties that affect water quality. In this pollution lesson students play a game, complete a hands on activity and computer lab.
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 famous person worksheet, learners read a passage about Marie Curie and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
In 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.
Students create a PowerPoint presentation on the information they research about the ice cores and what they tell us about Earth's past. In this ice core lesson plan, students research radioactivity, air pollution, sodium, snowfall layers, oxygen, and more.
For this atomic theory worksheet, students use Planck's constant, Rydberg constant, and Avogadro's number to complete 20 multiple choice questions.
Tenth graders investigate edge length. In this geometry activity, 10th graders explore the relationship between edge length and volume. Students solve a series of problems of increasing difficulty in order to conjecture as to a solution to the original problem involving a regular octahedron.
Students compare rates to altitude. They conduct a class discussion about the results.