Developing science literacy in students

Timothy Kenna and Margie Turrin from Columbia University, New York, have produced a new set of materials in English and Spanish for developing science literacy in students. There are three educational activities which all have a focus on understanding radioactivity in the environment. These activities can work together for a more in depth look at radioactivity in the environment although they are designed to be used individually as well. To download the activities please click on the links below:

Activity 1: Understanding Radioactivity

The first is a lab designed to introduce the topic of radioactivity and dispel myths around its presence and impact. It has several parts to it including a fact, myth or possible card game.

Activity in English

Activity in Spanish

Activity 2: Critical Radioactivity Graphic Analysis

The second activity does not have an associated lab but works well as an introductory piece to analyzing what is provided through news outlets. It can be used introducing a phenomena building into the longer lab around critical reading article analysis.

Activity in English

Activity in Spanish

Activity 3: Critical Reading Article Analysis

The second is a lab designed to introduce students to critically reading and analyzing environmental articles to be able to discern what is real and what is hype. This activity builds on the graphic analysis in Activity 2 although it can be used as a stand alone.

Activity in English

Activity in Spanish

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