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Radiation in Mass. Water: Discussing nuclear power safety

§ March 28th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, English Language Arts, High School, Media criticism, Science § No Comments

More than two weeks after Japan’s natural disaster that triggered a near nuclear disaster, radioactive rainwater has been discovered in Massachusetts. But according to today’s Boston Herald article “Radioactive Rain in Mass.,” the level of radiation found in Massachusetts water is low and cannot harm humans.

Read the Boston Herald story “Radioactive Rain in Mass.” by O’Ryan Johnson. Then discuss the article with your class, as well as the safety of nuclear power plants in our country.

For additional information about nuclear power, including a list of nuclear power plants in the United States, visit the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website.

Key Discussion Questions

  • Do you feel comfortable drinking tap water? Will you continue to use it after today's findings?
  • Do you think people will rush to stock up on bottled water even though only low levels of radiation were found in Massachusetts?
  • Why do you think experts are not releasing the city where they found the radioactive water?
  • Did you expect the nuclear situation in Japan to affect Massachusetts?
  • After the disaster in Japan, some people are questioning the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States. Do you think we should review the safety of our nuclear power plants and determine if we need additional protection against natural disasters?
  • Do you think we should use nuclear power? If not, what other source of energy should we use?

This activity is designed for students in grades 9-12. It can complement science, English Language Arts, media criticism, and current events classes.

Please review the article prior to sharing it with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.

Contact Julie Burridge if you need help finding the article for discussion.

Win a Flip Camera for Your Classroom!

§ March 24th, 2011 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Tell us how you use the Boston Herald Smart Edition in your classroom or library, and you will be entered to win a flip camera! Don't wait to enter—the drawing will be held on April 15.

Submissions can include tips, activity ideas or a reason why you and your students like using the online newspaper.

Click here to submit your tip now!

No Delivery in Suffolk County March 17

§ March 14th, 2011 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers-- there will be no print newspaper delivery to schools in Suffolk County on March 17 due to the Evacuation Day holiday. All other schools will still receive newspapers on that day.

Happy NIE Week!

§ March 11th, 2011 § Filed under Art, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, History, Math, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News § No Comments

National Newspapers In Education Week is March 7-11. The Newspaper Association of America created an excellent curriculum that harnesses the power of newspapers to provide fast, flexible ways for you to address topics that need support.

Focusing on civics, math and fine arts, the guide contains enriching activities that you can use in your classroom anytime. Download the guide here.