Uranium

Should we be afraid of uranium? Video 92 of 118 on the periodic table of elements examines uranium. It covers the facts, misconceptions, dangers, and safety precautions for working with this radioactive element.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Map the 20 countries with active uranium mines
  • Discuss the use of uranium in the Hiroshima bomb and why only 1.38 percent of it actually went through fission
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of radioactivity, nuclear bombs, and the periodic table
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Pros
  • Displays different forms and isotopes of uranium in a variety of colors
  • Provides subtitles in English and Portuguese for visual learners
Cons
  • None