Classroom Resources: Nuclear Chemistry
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Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay  High School
Activity: Nuclide Stability Investigation
In this activity, students will examine the relationship between the stability of an isotope, its halflife, and the makeup of its nucleus.

Physical Change, Chemical Change, Observations, Chemical Change, Radioactive Isotopes  High School
Activity: Physical, Chemical and Nuclear Changes
In this activity, students will analyze the representation of physical, chemical, and nuclear changes in four ways: submicroscopic (particle diagrams), symbolic (equations), macroscopic (observations), and linguistic (vocabulary words). This selfguided activity is designed to ensure that students internalize fundamental chemistry concepts that will serve as a meaningful basis for future learning about matter and its changes.

Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radioactive Isotopes, Graphing  High School
Activity: The Nuclear Decay of Uranium
In this activity, students will model the Uranium decay series through nuclear equations, graphing, and particulate diagrams.

Half Lives  High School
Activity: Nuclear Medicine HalfLives
In this activity, students will model two halflife scenarios related to nuclear medicine. Through this activity they will learn how to describe halflives through explanations, calculations, particulate diagrams, and graphs as well as analyze the benefits of long and short halflives through the context of nuclear medicine.

Radioactive Isotopes, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radiation  High School, Middle School
Simulation: Radioactive Decay
In this simulation, students will investigate why radioactive decay occurs, the changes that occur in the nucleus during three common types of decay (alpha, beta, and gamma decay), and what types of materials can be used to protect against each type of radiation. Students will also have a chance to test their understanding of these concepts with a 10question quiz.

Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes  Middle School, High School
Activity: Simulation Activity: Radioactive Decay
In this activity, students will use a radioactive decay simulation to investigate why radioactive decay occurs, the changes that occur in the nucleus during three common types of decay (alpha, beta, and gamma decay), and what types of materials can be used to protect against each type of radiation. Students will also have a chance to test their understanding of these concepts with a 10question quiz.

Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes, Isotopes  High School
Activity: Nuclear Decay Investigation
In this activity, students will explore different types of radioactive decay using a decay chain. Through modeling and analyzing a decay chain, students will familiarize themselves with different isotopes, and begin to understand how decay affects the nucleus of an atom.

Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives, History  High School
Lesson Plan: Radiocarbon Dating and Willard Libby
In this lesson, students will learn about the development and application of radiocarbon dating through an article reading. There are a series of activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as plans for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are selfguided.

Periodic Table, Elements, History, Atomic Mass, Atomic Theory, Isotopes, Subatomic Particles, Radioactive Isotopes  High School
Lesson Plan: The Periodic Table and Transuranium Elements
In this lesson, students will learn about the transuranium elements through reading about some of their discoveries. There are a series of activities to help promote literacy in the science classroom related to the reading. This lesson could be easily used as plans for a substitute teacher, as most of the activities are selfguided.

Radiation  High School
Project: The Tokaimura Nuclear Accident
In this project, students will use their knowledge of nuclear chemistry to read primary sources and write a claim, evidence and reasoning statement to support their determination as to whether the Tokaimura Nuclear Accident was the result of company or worker negligence.

Half Lives, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radioactive Isotopes  High School
Activity: Graphical Analysis of Nuclear Decay
In this activity, students analyze a series of graphs and data points to discover a pattern, and realize the meaning of a halflife. During this investigation, students will make connections between the concepts of nuclear decay, radiation and the Law of Conservation of Mass.

Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay  High School
Activity: Case Study: The Lung Cancer Mystery
In this activity, students will analyze a scenario about the sudden spike of lung cancer cases in a specific neighborhood. They will take on the role of an investigative reporter in order to examine important information related to the crisis. The activity will provide students the opportunity to learn about radon gas, radiation and radioactive isotopes. The activity will culminate with the creation of a poster in the form of a public service announcement, where students will focus on the decay of radon and bring awareness to the hazardous radiation that is emitted.

Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives, Subatomic Particles, Periodic Table  High School
Activity: Why are Some Isotopes Radioactive?
In this activity, students use periodic trends and data to make predictions about what makes an isotope radioactive. They will then verify or refine their predictions using a PhET simulation.

Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes, Fission/Fusion  High School
Project: Love It or Leave It: Living in the Nuclear Age
In this project, students will produce a short research essay to examine not only the information discussed in class, but to expand the scope of this fundamental foundation of information to begin to develop their own sense of perspective of living in the Nuclear Age.

Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives  High School
Activity: Radioactive Decay and Seafloor Data
In this activity, students will apply their understanding of radioactive decay to analyze and interpret the meaning of Atlantic seafloor isotope data. Students will then use their results to suggest past changes that have occurred with the seafloor

Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives  High School
Activity: Radioactive Decay and Peat Bogs
In this activity, students will apply their understanding of radioactive decay to establish that radiometric dating (specifically C14) can be used to reliably determine the age of Earth’s materials.

Half Lives, Radioactive Isotopes  High School
Activity: Investigating Exponential Decay
In this activity, students will learn about radioactivity, exponential decay, and halflife through two handson experiences.

Radioactive Isotopes, Pros Cons of Nuclear Power, Atoms, Subatomic Particles, Fission/Fusion  High School
Activity: Fission vs. Fusion Reading
In this activity, students will annotate an informational text about fission and fusion using the “textinthemiddle” reading strategy. They will then compare and contrast the two types of nuclear reactions.

Isotopes, Atoms, Electrons, Subatomic Particles, Elements, History, Introduction, Review, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radioactive Isotopes  Middle School, High School
Activity: What are Isotopes? Video Questions
In this lesson, students will watch a video and answer questions about isotopes. They will learn about the discovery of isotopes, the difference between chemical and nuclear reactions, different kinds of radioactive decay, and some uses of radioactive isotopes.

Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Half Lives, Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes, Isotopes, Atomic Mass, Subatomic Particles  High School
Activity: Radiological Applications of Isotopes
In this lesson, students will apply their knowledge of nuclear notation using trading cards to investigate and discuss the applications of isotopes in the medical field. The conclusion of the activity includes a summative assessment where students must advertise the radiological services using their knowledge of isotopes and their medical applications

Isotopes, Atoms, Subatomic Particles, Alpha/Beta/Gamma Decay, Radioactive Isotopes  High School
Activity: Using Stable Isotopes to Determine Material Origin
In this lesson, students will review the concept of isotopes and apply the concepts of stability and relative abundance in order to determine the recent travels of a person of interest in a criminal investigation.

Half Lives, Radioactive Isotopes, Radiation, Phase Changes  High School
Activity: Radioactive Dating: The Demise of Frosty
In this activity students will investigate the idea that carbon dating is based on gathering evidence in the present and extrapolating it to the past. Students will use a simple graph to extrapolate data to its starting point and then pool the data to make a graph that simulates halflife. Students will be introduced to solving mathematical problems that involve halflife.

Radioactive Isotopes, Radiation, Half Lives, Atomic Structure, Subatomic Particles, Model of the Atom, History  Middle School, High School
Activity: Marie Curie Video Questions
In this activity, students will watch a short video and learn about Marie Curie, her Nobel Prizes, radiation experiments, and discovery of new elements.

Radiation  High School
Activity: Nuclear Waste Challenge
In this activity, students will design a method to transfer “radioactive” waste from a contaminated area to a proper nuclear waste disposal site from a given list of materials. Students must follow rules and constraints when designing nuclear waste disposal devices and make an effort to maximize their economic gains.

Radioactive Isotopes, Half Lives  High School
Activity: Using Dice to Explore Radioactive Decay
In this activity, students will use dice to simulate the radioactive “decay” of samples of two different elements with two different halflives. At the end of the simulation, all the groups will pool their data (by round) and then the class results will be graphed. The graphs will be analyzed to illustrate the process of radioactive decay and to determine the halflife of each element in the fictitious time units of “rounds”.