Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan

Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
Radioactive Decay Lesson Plan
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The purpose of this 75-minute lesson is to help middle school and high school students understand that radioactive decay is the tool used by scientists to find the age of very old objects. While it is dangerous and nearly impossible to do a lab on radioactive decay, this activity is a ★fantastic alternative★!

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For this activity students will:

☆Take-notes with the aid of a PowerPoint and a student Graphic Organizer

☆Use a hands-on activity with M&Ms to understand Radioactive Decay

☆Use a periodic table to understand what Radioactive Decay is and how it is related to atoms

☆Analyze "radioactive" samples (➔➔Teachers can expect about 40-minutes of prep time for this lesson.)

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Concepts taught with this lesson:

✨Teach students that unstable atoms release part of their nucleus to become more stable,

✨Teach students how to read a Half-Life graph,

✨Show students how scientists in the real world measure the age of old objects,

✨Teach students that all meteorites are the same age, and that they can be used to determine the age of our Solar System.

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❤️Makes an excellent enrichment activity for High School Physics and Chemistry students!❤️

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Note: This lesson does NOT cover the physics of Radioactive Decay (alpha and beta particles)

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Good luck, and happy teaching!

Real Ms. Frizzle

Total Pages
12 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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