Radioactivity Teacher Resources

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Into the Atom

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A series of four videos explores the atom. Viewers learn about how Madam Curie discovered the elements Plutonium and Radium, the history of the science that led to the discovery of the parts of the atom, and the process scientists used...
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Radioactivity: Expect the Unexpected

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Several radioactive concepts are explained with the help of animated atoms, complete with their own facial expressions. As physical science pupils watch, they learn about gaining or losing atomic particles, alpha and beta particles, and...
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Radioactivity, Time, and Age

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Four activities demonstrate the chain reaction of nuclear fission to your physical science fans: falling dominoes, snapping mouse traps, throwing paper wads, and igniting a series of matches. They perform additional laboratory activities...
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Madame Marie Curie & The Science of Radioactivity

For Teachers 6th - 12th
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...
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Radioactive: An Interdisciplinary Study of Marie and Pierre Curie

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Use this innovative text to show the far-reaching influence of the dynamic Curie couple
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Radioactive Isotopes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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What are Radioactive Isotopes (Radionuclides)

For Students 9th - 12th
Create a little excitement with a radioactive resource! An engaging lesson builds a solid understanding of the nature of radioactive isotopes. The narrator explains the desire of a nucleus to become stable, which leads to radioactive...
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Radiation vs. Radioactive Atoms

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why are people afraid of nuclear power plants? A video in the Veritasium playlist explains that radiation doesn't travel very far, yet people still worry. Then it discusses the possible release of radioactive atoms, which do travel a...
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How Old is it Really? - How Do We Know that the Earth is 4.6 Billion Years Old?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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The Discovery of Radioactivity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Radioactivity

For Students 9th - 12th
In this science activity, high schoolers 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.
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Radioactive Samples

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students examine the different types of radioactivity.  In this radioactive samples lesson students complete a lab activity on radiation and complete a handout.
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Solve a Transfer Challenge

For Teachers 6th - 9th
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...
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Geologic Age

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate radioactivity as a tool for measuring geologic time and how geologists use this information to determine the absolute age of rocks or minerals.
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Radiochemistry

For Students 9th - 12th
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.
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Radioactive Isotopes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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Nuclear Radiation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Through colorful diagrams and simple text, viewers are introduced to nuclear radiation. They discover alpha, beta, and gamma rays; they balance nuclear equations. You will impart important information to your chemistry class and give...
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2009 U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad National Exam - Part I

For Students 9th - 12th
The 2009 version of the first part of a national chemistry competition is posted for your use with olympiad hopefuls. Test takers deal with 60 multiple choice questions covering an entire year of chemistry curriculum. Use this to...
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Minerals

For Teachers 4th - 8th
A must-have for your geology library of resources, this PowerPoint walks viewers through the characteristics of minerals and each test used to help identify them. As you present this collection of slides, stop to demonstrate each quality...
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Energy from the Nucleus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Vintage cartoon graphics show the process of nuclear radiation and some of the history of nuclear knowledge. Though the animation is dated, the information is still relevant. This would make an entertaining introduction to nuclear...
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Radiation around Us

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students discuss the types of ionizing radiation and explain Einstein's matter-energy equivalence.  For this investigative lesson students interpret equations and recognize the significance of scientists contributions. 
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What Is Inside the Atom?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Four lessons make up this mini unit about atomic structure and spectra. A pretest is provided to give an idea of what is already known about the atom. Through a series of demonstrations and lecture, you present the information to young...
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Periodic Table of Elements

For Teachers 4th - 12th
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...
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Is Radiation Dangerous?

For Students 7th - 12th
Not all radiation is hazardous. Electromagnetic radiation is pure energy. Nuclear radiation comes from the atomic nucleus in which isotopes become unstable and radioactive. Share this video with your class to explore the types of...