Nuclear Energy: Vocabulary Terms Domino Puzzle

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Do you need a fun way to reinforce new Nuclear Energy vocabulary in your Physics or Chemistry class? You’ve got to check this out!

Use this Domino Puzzle to help students review common terms related to Nuclear Energy. My students always ask me for a domino puzzle for every unit in the course.
They love using these puzzles because:
• they can review at their own pace, even at home
• they can review with a friend
• they can challenge a friend to a race
• it is a fun way to learn and review new terminology
• it helps students build a better science vocabulary for other assignments

This resource is also part of my amazing, cost saving Physics Bundle and the Nuclear Energy Enriched Bundle

I’ve included two different sizes of the same puzzle. The smaller size is only two pages and is great if you are going to print of individual copies for students to practice with in class or at home. The larger size requires 8 pieces of paper and quite a bit of space to solve – fun for centers and group work!

Cut out the 24 game pieces. Students will begin with the domino piece labeled with “Start” and find the piece that has the definition to match with each term until the “Finish” piece is used. All pieces are used and the solution is included (note the shape will change depending on the student, but the order will always be the same). Students can use this to study independently, practice vocabulary or, for a fun challenge, use it in class and see which student or pair can solve the puzzle first!
I’ve been using these puzzles for years with great success! I recommend printing the puzzles on colorful paper and laminating them. This way you only have to cut them out once and they will last year after year!

The terms defined in this puzzle are:
Isotopes, nucleon, radioisotope, ground state, excited state, alpha decay, beta decay, gamma decay, positron, electron, proton, neutron, photon, ionizing radiation, half-life, carbon dating, nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, nuclear reactor, mass-energy equivalence, binding energy, mass defect, nuclear stability


What’s included in the zipped folder?
This resource consists of 3 .pdf files
A small puzzle (2 pages)
A large puzzle (8 pages)
The solution to the puzzle (2 pages)
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Please note this is one puzzle in multiple sizes.

Check out other exciting resources in the Nuclear Energy Enriched Bundle!
Are You Ready? - A preparation worksheet before studying Nuclear Physics/Chemistry.
Nuclear Energy Timeline - The history of the development of nuclear technologies the 1890s to today. Includes homework questions.
Isotopes - A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding student notes and homework questions.
Radioactive Decay - A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding student notes, homework questions and a fun maze practice page.
Radioactive Decay – Maze Practice Page - A fun way to review 5 different types of radioactive decay.
Half-Life - A note with homework, along with a “lab” activity that models carbon dating.
Nuclear Fusion and Nuclear Fission - A PowerPoint presentation and simple note.
Nuclear Power Generation - A PowerPoint and Note that shows how nuclear energy stored in uranium is converted into electrical energy by CANDU nuclear reactors.
Mass-Energy Equivalence - A PowerPoint presentation with corresponding notes and homework that introduces Einstein’s most famous equation: E=mc^2.
Binding Energy Graphing Assignment - An assignment with solutions and rubric in which students determine nuclear stability of different atoms using spreadsheet software like Excel.
Nuclear Physics Flipbook of Equations of Constants - A booklet for you and your students to keep handy as you work through this unit.
Nuclear Physics Terminology Domino Puzzle - A fun way to review specialized vocabulary for this unit.

Have fun!
Michelle,
Mrs. Brosseau’s Binder

Ontario Teachers: This resource aligns with the Ontario’s Secondary Science Curriculum: Energy Unit in Grade 11 University Physics SPH3U.

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Nuclear Energy: Vocabulary Terms Domino Puzzle
Nuclear Energy: Vocabulary Terms Domino Puzzle
Nuclear Energy: Vocabulary Terms Domino Puzzle
Nuclear Energy: Vocabulary Terms Domino Puzzle