Lesson Plan: The Effects of Radiation on Living Organisms 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
- identify examples of harm to cells that can be produced by nuclear radiation.
- understand that nuclear radiation can cause mutations by changing DNA in cells.
- understand that mutations are transmitted to offspring.
- recognise that a short exposure to nuclear radiation can be very damaging, even fatal, if a sufficient dose is received.
- recognise that a small dose of nuclear radiation can be very damaging, even fatal, if a sufficient exposure time occurs.
- identify rem as a unit of radiation dose.
Students should already be familiar with
- the term ‘nuclear radiation’.
Students will not cover
- comparisons of the harmfulness of different types of nuclear radiation.