Reflection: High Quality Task Design a Nuclear Waste Facility Part 1 - Section 3: Design Problem Rationale


There is a common misconception regarding nuclear waste vs. nuclear melt downs. To help students understand the difference between the two, I have articles for them to read. Prior to this lesson I have taught Science Literacy: Nuclear Energy. In the lesson the students learned about the Chernobyl nuclear melt down. Many times they equate the meltdown with waste.

I noticed this misconception as the students were researching but I want to address it at the beginning of the lesson. To help them understand the difference I wrote a lesson called Understanding Nuclear Waste. In this lesson students read an article about how nuclear waste is created and how we are currently storing it. My strategy is to be flexible in my lessons.  I flexibly develop and change lessons based upon student learning. I don't ignore the misconceptions, I write lessons so the students can discover the truth. 

  Misconceptions Related to Nuclear Energy
  High Quality Task: Misconceptions Related to Nuclear Energy
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Design a Nuclear Waste Facility Part 1

Unit 8: Designing for the Future: Nuclear Waste Facility
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT describe why designing a nuclear waste facility is an important design problem.

Big Idea: Design matters for human health and safety. To understand how the use of nuclear energy can impact society, students work to explain why it is important to design a nuclear waste facility.

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