Read the article “Nuclear industry explores accident-resistant fuel
rods” on page A7 of the Sunday, June 15, 2014 edition of The Seattle Times.
Pre-Reading and Vocabulary: Define each term and use it in a
sentence to demonstrate your understanding.
How did the U.S. government respond to the Fukushima Daiichi accident?
What is the goal of scientists working on nuclear fuel?
If scientists reach their goal what will they have provided for workers at
nuclear power plants?
What is nuclear fuel made of?
What are three purposes of the metal cladding in a reactor?
What led to nuclear fuel safety failures at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in
What happened as water levels dropped inside of the Fukushima Daiichi plant?
What role did hydrogen gas play in the damage caused at the Fukushima Daiichi
List three changes to nuclear fuel that different research labs are working on
to make it safer.
What must occur for safety improvements to actually take place at nuclear power
Prompts and Extensions
1.Class Discussion: First build your background knowledge about
nuclear power plants. Create a table that demonstrates the pros and cons of
this energy source. Next, write an evidence based position statement in which
you explain whether or not you think nuclear power is safe. Once you position
statement is written discuss your position in class. This video can help you
build background knowledge
3.Play this online simulation
that allows you to make energy decisions for an imaginary city. Nuclear power
is one of many energy sources to choose from.
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