Describe sources of background radiation and the potential risks it can pose.
Describe the effect of radiation on human (or other) tissues.
Explain the difference between irradiation and contamination.
Analyse newspaper reports to identify facts and opinions.
Does Radon Gas cause childhood cancer?
On a copy of the newspaper article do the following things:
Underline the part of the sentence that describes how many homes were involved in the research.
In a different colour underline the sentences that describe how many children in the total number had cancer and how many were healthy.
Highlight the paragraph(s) that explain what the researchers did.
Put a line under all the sentences or parts of sentences that describe what the researchers concluded from their studies.
Put a ring around all the different types of cancer discussed in the article.
The newspaper reporter quotes three different experts in the article. Find the names of the experts, highlight them and then copy and fill in a table like this one:
Show you know Using the newspaper article produce one of the following: A letter to your 12-year-old cousin living in Cornwall who has heard scare stories about leukaemia. (Your letter will need to be easily understood by someone who is in Year 8 .) An article for the Emmbrook Newsletter. A poster for The Emmbrook Library which will be displayed during Science Week.
You must include the following information:
Why there was a concern about a link between childhood cancers and radon.
How the research team carried out their investigation.
What they measured in their experiments.
Why they divided the cancers into six groups for their analysis.
What conclusions they came to and their reasons.
You will need to explain these points in suitable language for the people who it is aimed at.
3 things you’ve learnt, 2 ways you have used the 5R's, 1 thing that surprised you about background radiation in this lesson and the last one.