The Chernobyl disaster: Pre-class activities

Pre-class activities

Prepare for your class by completing these activities!

Vocabulary matching


The first time you watch the video, pay special attention to the correct pronunciation of the following words:

A nuclear reactor is like a giant steam engine: uranium fuel rods react to produce a massive amount of heat that converts water into steam, which drives huge turbines to generate electricity.
At 1:23 a.m., reactor four exploded, spewing eight tons of radioactive debris into the atmosphere.
Crews hastily built a concrete sarcophagus to encase the entire reactor to prevent more radiation from spreading inside.

Comprehension questions