Science/Strand IV/Content Standard 2/High School/Benchmark 3
Benchmark Question: How does matter change?
Focus Question: How are nuclear fusion, nuclear
fission, and radioactivity different?
Students will take notes
from a teacher-led presentation of characteristics unique to nuclear
fusion, nuclear fission, and radioactivity. Working in small groups,
students will use their notes, text, and other resources such as library
books and the internet to create a Venn diagram. The diagram will show how
these three processes are similar as well as different. Students will draw
diagrams to explain how one of the three processes occurs from beginning to
Students will share their
diagrams with others in a small group. They will evaluate the accuracy of
each diagram and present the most accurate diagram to the class.
As a follow-up, students
will research the following scientists and place them into the proper
sections of the Venn diagram based upon their contributions to key concepts
in nuclear fusion, nuclear fission, and radioactivity: Lise Meitner, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Marie Curie, Chien Shiung Wu and Shirley Ann Jackson.