Radioactive Pollution

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Radioactive pollutants can enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, absorption, or injection. The last lesson in a series of 36 introduces pupils to radioactive pollution. They study its sources, both natural and man-made, its effects on the human body, and ways to prevent overexposure to nuclear radiation. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a speaker from a nuclear power plant to talk with classes about how the plants work, what is done with the waste, and how they prevent meltdowns
  • Use the terminal exercise as a measure of pupils' mastery of the concepts; allow peer tutoring for those who are not successful
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson fits well with upper middle school as well as high school science classes
  • Lesson provides a summary of all concepts taught
  • An assessment of six questions, titled terminal exercise, is included near the end of the lesson
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