Nuclear Energy

Our Nuclear Energy lesson plan teaches students about nuclear energy, including its sources and what nuclear power is used for. Students also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy as a power source.

Our Nuclear Energy lesson plan introduces students to nuclear energy, also referred to as nuclear power, which is an often-misunderstood source of electricity. Most students are familiar with the terminology, such as splitting atoms, uranium, and fission, but are not clear as to their relationship with nuclear energy and power. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner and use their creativity to create a “for” poster and an “against” poster for nuclear energy, creating an argument for each side in order to demonstrate their understanding of the advantages and drawbacks to nuclear power as discussed in the lesson. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions, testing their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define nuclear energy, identify its advantages and disadvantages, and explain the process in its use.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.3

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Thomas L.
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    Nuclear Energy

    I found this publication on Nuclear Energy engaging for both teacher and student in a language that treats the reader with respect, maturity and with a sense of adventure because it allows students to critically think about the issues and maintains interest with decent quality graphs and pictures.

    Thomas L.
    GB GB
    Nucleur Energy

    It was explained in language that a lay person could understand but not too simplified as some of the ideas can be quite complex.

    Emmanuel O.
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    Excellent and high quality educational resources!

    Thank you Clarendon learning for the excellent and high quality educational resources you offer!

    Chiara C.
    IT IT
    Nuclear Energy

    It was a good starting point to discuss Nuclear Energy with Grade 8 Students. However, it needs to be updated , for example, by adding the Fukushima incident.

    Lauren E.
    US US
    Lesson plans

    Very useful tools!