Ch 8: Radioactivity Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Find helpful and handy lesson plan outlines, activities and lessons on radioactivity that you can incorporate into your physical science instruction. You can use these resources for classwork, homework assignments, test prep and remedial instruction.

Radioactivity Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Let the materials in this chapter help you maximize your class time and teach your students about what radioactive decay and isotopes are, how to solve chemistry half-life problems, and what the major accomplishments of Marie Curie were. You'll find lesson plans that incorporate engaging games and activities to pique your students' interest in these physical science topics. The chapter also includes supplemental lessons on radioactivity topics that provide solid information in an easy-to-follow manner. You can use these resources to develop:

  • Lessons on what isotopes are
  • Classwork and homework assignments on the definition, types and formula of radioactive decay
  • Practice problems on calculating chemistry half-life
  • Lesson plans and activities on the life and work of Marie Curie

How It Helps

  • Classwork/homework suggestions: Provides ideas for homework and classwork assignments on radioactivity and related topics.
  • Learning objectives: Helps you ensure that your students meet the desired objectives when learning about radioactivity.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Offers ideas for class discussion on isotopes, radioactive decay and Marie Curie's life and achievements.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning radioactivity lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific radioactivity topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your radioactivity class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related radioactivity lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important radioactivity concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant radioactivity-related discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

17 Lessons in Chapter 8: Radioactivity Lesson Plans
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Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan

1. Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan

Teaching your students about radioactive decay? Check out this lesson plan for teaching the definition, formula, and types of radioactive decay in an engaging activity.

Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

2. Radioactive Decay: Definition, Formula & Types

In this lesson, we'll discuss radioactive decay and learn the terms parent nucleus, daughter nucleus, and half-life. We'll also examine three types of radioactive decay.

Chemistry Half-Life Problems

3. Chemistry Half-Life Problems

This lesson plan provides an activity and practice problems for the concept of half-life. It's necessary to have discussed half-life at both a conceptual level and a mathematical level before attempting the problems. The provided activity gives a practical application of the half-life concept.

Isotopes Lesson Plan

4. Isotopes Lesson Plan

Isotopes have helped us in many ways over the years. Your students will enjoy learning about isotopes as they watch a video, identify an unknown isotope, and complete a worksheet.

What Are Isotopes? - Definition, Types & Examples

5. What Are Isotopes? - Definition, Types & Examples

Not all atoms of an element are identical - atoms of the same element can have different numbers of neutrons. These different versions of the same element are called isotopes. In this lesson, we will discuss the examples and types of isotopes.

Nuclear Chemistry Activities

6. Nuclear Chemistry Activities

Nuclear chemistry is full of abstract concepts and is one of the most difficult topics to teach. From fission to fusion, you have to be creative to help your students grasp these complex concepts.

Marie Curie Lesson Plan

7. Marie Curie Lesson Plan

Who was Marie Curie and why is she important to world history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson created for younger students to answer this question and an activity designed to ensure comprehension of key facts.

Marie Curie Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

8. Marie Curie Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography

Marie Sklodowska-Curie was a famous scientist. She is most remembered for her brilliant work in chemistry and physics, and she discovered two elements on the periodic table.

Marie Curie Activities

9. Marie Curie Activities

Learning about Marie Curie can be a great way for students to understand what it means to be a woman scientist. This lesson offers some activities that will keep students engaged as they come to learn about Curie and her contributions.

Marie Curie Activities for Kids

10. Marie Curie Activities for Kids

Are your students learning about the wonderful things Marie Curie accomplished? If so, there are a list of engaging activities that will help expand your students' knowledge.

Ions & Isotopes Games

11. Ions & Isotopes Games

It might be a little confusing for your students to understand the difference between ions and isotopes at first. But as your students play the following games, they will hone their knowledge in an engaging way.

Radiometric Dating Activities & Games

12. Radiometric Dating Activities & Games

As with many highly technical scientific topics, radiometric dating can be hard for students to grasp in the classroom. Use the fun activities and games in this lesson to help students understand this tough subject.

Radioactive Isotopes Activities

13. Radioactive Isotopes Activities

If your class is learning about radioactivity, consider teaching students about radioactive isotopes. These activities will help students learn how to identify radioactive isotopes and their uses.

Half Life & Decay Activities

14. Half Life & Decay Activities

While often complicated, chemistry lends itself to fun activities. This series of games and activities for half-life is no exception. Not only will students be entertained, but they will also learn about a complex subject.

Exponential Decay Activities

15. Exponential Decay Activities

When students study radioactivity, it's important for them to have a thorough understanding of exponential decay. Consider using these hands-on activities to help students calculate exponential decay and understand its connection to radioactivity.

Radioactivity Lesson Plan

16. Radioactivity Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce the three types of radioactivity to your students. Students will read a text lesson, discuss new information, create a graphic organizer, and further explore one human application of radioactivity.

Nuclear Reaction in Physics Lesson Plan

17. Nuclear Reaction in Physics Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about nuclear reactions. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and assess their knowledge with a quiz.

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