Radiation and Radioactivity

Explore the science of radioactivity! A very thorough video lesson begins with an explanation of the chemical structure of radiation. It includes descriptions of benefits of radioactivity and half-life calculations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a graphic organizer to record notes on alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays
  • Follow the video with practice writing balanced equations and half-life calculations
Classroom Considerations

  • Builds from an understanding of subatomic particles
Pros

  • Includes the history of radiation discovery
  • Uses images, written descriptions, and verbal descriptions of concepts
Cons

  • None