Actinium

Can an element more than 150 times more radioactive than radium be used to cure cancer? A professor shares actinium's properties, applications, and a bit about its discovery a thought-provoking video. This is the 89th installment of a 118-part series on each element in the periodic table.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Go in to more depth about why this element glows blue
  • Create a timeline of the discovery, research, and discoveries related to actinium
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of the periodic table and radioactivity
Pros
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes
Cons
  • None