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Hiroshima and Nuclear Theory

posted Oct 19, 2015, 11:50 AM by Margaret Rohrbaugh   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 5:16 AM by Naomi Kirchner ]



To turn in your project, please submit your project in the dropbox. 

        Shared Drive --> Lanier HS --> Student Work --> 
        Shared --> CDAT Dropboxes --> Sophomore Hiroshima                Project due 11.18.15

Please name your project: Each group member's last name
Example: Martinez, Jones, Whitehead

Nuclear Weapons. Clean Energy. Chemotherapy. 

These are all practical applications of atomic theory. Our focus for this project is atomic theory, research practices, and expository writing strategies.

Driving Question: How does radiation and atomic energy affect living things?

Your Task: Pick a specific topic, and then research and explain how atomic theory affects a living thing. It could be a biological extension that you derive from Hiroshima, or it could be something else in the world that is impacted by radiation.  Then you will create an expository project that demonstrates in depth research of your topic.  This project can be a video, a song, a story or some other creative approach.  Just make sure that it is teaching your topic and shows a depth of understanding.  

Science Standards:

Chemistry Focus:

  • SCCH.B.10: use the modern atomic theory to explain the characteristics of atoms
  • SCCH.B.10.d3: relate the role of nuclear fusion in producing essentially all elements heavier than helium
  • SCCH.B.10.d1: differentiate between alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
Biology Focus:
  • SCBI.B.9.d: describe the relationship between changes in DNA and potential appearance of new traits including alterations during replication, insertions, deletions, and substitutions and mutagenic factors that can alter DNA (high energy radiation and chemical) 
  • Learning Objective 4.20- The student is able to explain how the distributions of ecosystem changes over time by identifying large scale event that have resulted in changes in the past.
  • Learning Objective 4.21- The student is able to predict consequences of human action on both local and global ecosystems.

ELA Standards:

  • LA10.C.21: write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • LA10.C.27: gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citations

You will also be writing a timed piece of expository writing using your research.

Tech Standards:

  • Produce a high-quality technology product (rubric to be posted)
  • Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.  
    • 1.1 Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, listening, reading, and interpersonal abilities. 
    • 1.2 Demonstrate creativity with multiple approaches to ask challenging questions resulting in innovative procedures, methods, and products. 
    • 1.3 Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills to locate, analyze, and apply information in career planning and employment situations. 
    • 1.4 Model work readiness traits required for success in the workplace including integrity, honesty, accountability, punctuality, time management, and respect for diversity. 
    • 1.5 Apply the appropriate skill sets to be productive in a changing, technological, and diverse workplace to be able to work independently, interpret data, and apply team work skills. 
    • 1.6 Present a professional image through appearance, behavior, and language.

Important Dates:

  • 10/28-29: Research!  You will use your day in language arts to find at least three reliable sources that you can use for your project.  The citation of each source and the information that you found needs to be deposited on your team's site.  You will use this information when you create your script/story board AND when you write your essay. 
  • 10/29:Brainstorm more! Have you heard of the dwarfs Awful, Graveful, and Biggo-Ego? No? What about Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, and Doc? Walt Disney brainstormed 50 names for the 7 Dwarfs before settling on the ones we all know. (Want to know more? Read this article on brainstorming.) Today, you need to continue brainstorming aspects of your projects. We are looking for a list of 20 brainstorm ideas on your page by the end of the day. Make sure it is a number list. 
  • 11/2: Storyboard/script and draft of project due at beginning, posted on your team site. During the previous week you should talk to your teachers to see if your research, project storyboard, science, and tech are reasonable (not too much, not too little). You should not have any major gaps at this point. Have a clear plan for the next week (try to finish the project!), with specific tasks assigned to specific team members. 

    Storyboard rubric is here
  • 11/11: Your goal is to be finished with most of your project by this date. There will be a lot of fine-tuning to do, more than you expect. Be ready to share a draft with your teachers for critique and suggestions. Ask your peers as well. Write up a specific list of tasks, assigned to specific team members, posted on your team site. 
  • 11/19: Project DUE!!
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