Doomsday Machines

Nuclear weapons changed war forever. Scientists now know that a few of these weapons have the ability to change the climate and cause a mass extinction. Watch a video that details the ways these machines work—and the implications that could occur if they do work.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, a short novel about the long-term impact of nuclear bombs
  • Map the locations of current nuclear bombs
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of nuclear weapons
  • The video is part of a larger playlist
Pros

  • Provides subtitles in Arabic, English, and Russian for English learners
  • Requires very little class time
Cons

  • None