Bombs Over Bikini: Teacher's Guide

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The Cold War and the Manhattan Project launched the world into the nuclear age. Young historians explore how nations searched for bigger and better weapons to hold an advantage over other nations. Through discussion and comprehension questions, they see that testing those weapons often led to unexpected consequences for those directly involved. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Show a video about the testing of nuclear weapons in the 1950s at the start of the unit
  • Split class into groups to compare/contrast the Marshall Island experience with that of the Japanese in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Classroom Considerations
  • Store Ping-Pong balls and mouse traps in a safe location to keep them from misuse between lessons
  • Reading groups should consist of three to four 
  • Plan multiple class periods to read the book
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