No, Your Microwave Isn't Dangerous - Food Myths #1

Are microwaves a fast way to cook—or a fast way to get radiation poisoning? Science scholars get their facts straight with a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. The narrator explains how microwaves work as well as the benefits to microwaving food over other cooking methods.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The video works well in a health lesson or unit on the electromagnetic spectrum and types of radiation
  • Take learning further by starting a discussion about why it's not ok to put metal in a microwave
Classroom Considerations

  • Show a diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum to the class before viewing

  • Animated water molecules help solidify the principles of microwave technology
  • The resource addresses the myth in a straightforward manner using grade-appropriate terminology

  • None
Common Core