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Lesson Plan: Radioactive Contamination Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe the dangers to the health of living organisms from nuclear radiation.


Students will be able to

  • understand that radioactive particles can be dispersed through the environment.
  • recognise that nuclear power stations produce radioactive waste.
  • understand that radioactive waste from power stations must be carefully stored so that it does not contaminate its surroundings.
  • recognise that some types of radiation cannot penetrate protective clothing.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the term ‘nuclear radiation’.
  • the fact that radioactive material can be released by artificial sources.


Students will not cover

  • comparisons of the penetrations of different types of nuclear radiation.

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