Curium, discovered in 1944 in Chicago, happens to be highly radioactive. Learn more about the synthetic element with a video from a larger series on each of the chemical elements. A chemist describes the discovery, properties, and applications of curium to bring science to life for young viewers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Learn more about the impressive education of Marie Curie in a time when girls weren't allowed to go to college
  • Create a timeline of the Curies' discoveries, deaths, and the honor of having an element named after them
Classroom Considerations

  • Avoid displaying the comments as many involve language and personal attacks not typically allowed in a classroom

  • Requires very little class time
  • Provides closed captioning in English and Portuguese for easier note taking

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