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Can Leetso and Hozho' Coexist?
Uranium Education for Middle School Students

Evidence of Understanding #1

What evidence will show that students understand the consequences of nuclear resource extraction?

Performance Tasks, Projects:
Poster Session: Working with a partner, students present a poster session that compares the impacts of coal mining in West Virginia with the uranium mining in the 4- corners states.
Nuclear Game: Groups of 3 or 4 students will design a game that emphasizes the positive aspects of the nuclear industry and radioactivity and/or radiation.
Position Paper: Students will prepare a position paper (letter to the editor or editorial) that addresses the question: Is reclamation possible?

Quizzes, Tests, Academic Prompts, Lab Exercises:
Lab activities: Uranium ores
Coal grades & ores
Quiz:       uranium ores, coal grades & ores
Prompts: Describe the similarities and differences between coal mines in West Virginia and uranium mines in the 4-corners states using charts, graphs, and/or pictures.

Detail & apply the benefits of nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, and radioactivity in the design of a game.

Provide examples of past, present and future mine reclamation efforts that demonstrate the effectiveness of those projects in your opinion.

Other Evidence:
Informal observations during work on performance tasks.
Peer evaluations of group or partner projects.
Student Self-Assessment:
Self-evaluate all performance tasks.



Evidence of Understanding #2

What evidence will show that students understand how you can live in harmony in a nuclear world?

Performance Tasks, Projects:
Community Display: Groups of 3 or 4 students will prepare brochures, models, videos, audio public service announcements (PSA's), comic strips, and/or posters that reduce fear and misconceptions and encourage the community to exercise caution around uranium mines, mills, tailings, and debris piles.
Leetso poem or story: With a partner, students will write and illustrate a story or poem that reflects at least 2 points of view about living in harmony in a nuclear age.
Letter of application: Student will write a letter of application to one of the nuclear energy constituents reflecting student's understanding of the issues related to nuclear energy extraction and uses, in light of the concept of hozhˇ.

Quizzes, Tests, Academic Prompts, Lab Exercises:
Lab activities: Radioactivity (2)
Radiation (7)
Radon (2)
Quiz:       3 R's: radiation, radioactivity, radon
Prompts: Survey the community's attitudes and knowledge regarding uranium mining, milling, radiation, radioactivity, and radon. Evaluate the results to survey.

Describe at least two different characters who must attempt to live in harmony with with the consequences of the development of nuclear energy.

Provide examples of self-knowledge regarding student understanding of uranium extraction, the 3 R's, and the concept of hozhˇ.

Other Evidence:
Informal observations during work on performance tasks.
Peer evaluations of group or partner projects.
Student Self-Assessment:
Self-evaluate all performance tasks.
Venn diagram of self-knowledge


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