Nuclear Science Week 2019

Lesson Plans

Nuclear Science Week endeavors to provide a rich assortment of curriculum assistance. The following activities are ready to use in your classroom.

Energy Solutions Foundation has provided a number of these lesson plans, which will provide you with step-by-step ways to teach the fundamentals of nuclear science.


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  • Middle School | High School

    Navigating Nuclear: Energizing Our World

    Developed by the American Nuclear Society and Discovery Education, Navigating Nuclear provides educators with standards-aligned resources to connect students to the many fact-based applications of nuclear processes. Students will use nuclear science principles to explore energy, medicine, geology, astronomy, and more!

  • Middle School | High School

    NAYGN's Global Fuel Cycle Game

    Develop an interactive workshop where teams, representing various countries shall develop solutions for addressing the fuel cycle needs of the country they represent, as well as those from other developing countries.

  • Middle School | High School

    Detecting Radiation in Our Radioactive World

    This guide was inspired by the ANS national teacher workshop by the same name. It includes units on: Modeling Atoms, Making Atoms Visible, Personal Dose, Irradiation and Benefits, Half-Life, Measuring and Units (using a Geiger counter), Fission, Decay Chains, Radiation Types, Waste and Energy Production.

  • High School

    The Atomic Nucleus

    Atoms are all around us. What exactly is in them? This PowerPoint presentation can help your students learn about radioactivity.

  • Middle School | High School

    The Nuclear Wall Chart

    The Nuclear Science Division together with CPEP (The Contemporary Physics Education Project) have produced the Nuclear Science Wall Chart. You can order classroom materials and request reproduction rights for printed materials.

  • Middle School | High School

    Tearing Through a Half-Life

    Teach students what the term “half-life” really means. A great kinesthetic activity.

  • Middle School | High School

    Nuclear Popcorn

    A great edible activity for teaching students about radioactive decay.

  • High School

    Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Oh My!

    Help your students understand how a radioactive element progressively decays to eventually create a stable atom.

  • Middle School | High School

    Radioactive Decay

    Teach students about radioactive decay through this kinesthetic activity.

  • High School

    Radioactive Decay Chains

    Help your students understand how alpha, beta, and gamma decay effect an atom’s structure

  • Middle School | High School

    Safe and Reliable Nuclear Energy

    This PowerPoint presentation is an overview of radiation and the uses of radiation. It gives students a good foundation of the pros and cons of using nuclear energy.

  • Middle School | High School

    The Environment and the Generation of Electricity

    How is energy produced and used? What are the costs of renewable and other forms of energy?

  • Middle School | High School

    Nuclear Clean Air Facts

    This handout is an excellent overview of FAQs regarding nuclear energy, its consumption, costs, and environmental footprint.

  • Elementary School | Middle School

    The Fission Game

    Visually demonstrate to your students how a nuclear chain reaction works.

  • Elementary School | Middle School | High School

    Radioactive Waste Disposal

    Have your students participate in this simulated activity to learn appropriate disposal procedures for radioactive waste.

  • Middle School | High School

    How Much Radiation

    In the lesson, you can help your students learn common sources of radiation. Help students calculate their annual radiation exposure.

  • Middle School | High School

    Estimate Your Personal Annual Radiation Dose

    Use this worksheet to calculate your annual radiation exposure from common sources such as medical procedures, the sun, daily activities, and foods.

  • Middle School | High School

    Calculate Your Radiation Dose

    A web version of the annual radiation dosage worksheet.

  • High School

    Mock Senate

    Have your students hold a mock Senate to debate the concerns and benefits of current energy issues.

  • Middle School | High School

    Perception of Risk

    Many people’s perception of the risk of nuclear energy and radiation exposure is vastly different than the actual risk. This lesson is a great way to introduce the real risks associated with nuclear energy and radiation exposure.