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Lessons on nuclear topics:
   Lessons (US NRC)
   More lessons
   Discussion of nuclear disasters with kids

See also:
Interactive nuclear activities
Nuclear activities to print
Nuclear reactors and meltdowns
Japan nuclear disaster 2011

See also our Japan earthquakes and tsunamis 2011 page


The Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan appears to have had a partial meltdown, not "a meltdown".  For an explanation of the distinction see Meltdown 101: What is a nuclear reactor meltdown? (


Lessons on nuclear topics:

Nuclear lessons


Teachers' Lesson Plans
(U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

Nuclear power plant
(portion of USNRC illustration)

Unit 1: Radiation
Classroom activities:

The Cloud Chamber
Using a Geiger Counter
Personal Radiation Dose
- online Radiation Dose Calculator
- Radiation Dose Calculator worksheet [pdf]

Unit 2: The Uses of Radiation

Unit 3: Nuclear Reactors/Energy Generation

Classroom activities:
Power Plant Diagram - Boiling Water Reactor
Power Plant Diagram - Pressurized Water Reactor

Gaseous effluent from nuclear power plant
(portion of USNRC illustration - scroll down)

Turbine and Generator
Reactor Fuel Assembly
Where Does Fission Take Place? - Franklin's Core
Chain Reaction
Nuclear Power Plant
Boiling Water Reactor
Pressurized Water Reactor

Unit 4: Radioactive Waste
Classroom activity:

Nuclear Waste Cube

Unit 5: Transportation of Radioactive Materials


More lessons

  Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Japan's Nuclear Crisis (
Suggested lesson plan, with a focus on terms and their meanings

Lessons on Radiation & Nuclear Energy (
Scroll right down the page.

Teaching Materials related to Nuclear Power (

Discussion of nuclear disasters

  How to Talk to Your Kids About the Disasters in Japan (

Nuclear Boy teaches Japanese kids about disaster (
A Japanese artist created a video to explain the nuclear disaster in terms of the bodily functions of a "Nuclear Boy" who gets sick.
- Watch the Nuclear Boy video (




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