Tennessine

Some isotopes of tennessine decay through spontaneous fission. When only one atom can be produced at a time, many people are surprised with what we know and don't know about this element. Individuals learn what we do know in the second-to-last video in a series on the chemical elements.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the variation with pronunciation even within the same language
  • Review half lives if pupils aren't confident they understand them
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the element berkelium
Pros

  • Introduces a chemical element not covered in most textbooks
  • Provides closed captioning in English and Portuguese for visual learners
Cons

  • None