Who Was Marie Curie?

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 13276

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win one in two different sciences. But she was almost overlooked. Why? Discover the genius that was Marie Curie!


History, Science

learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter, Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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  • Did you know that if you want to look at Marie Curie's manuscripts, you need to wear protective gear?

Not to protect the documents, but to protect yourself from radiation!

In this lesson, you will learn about the genius of Marie Curie and her contributions to science.

Marie Curie achieved a lot in her lifetime. Her contributions to science won her two Nobel Prizes.

Watch the TED-Ed video below to learn about Marie Curie's life and her accomplishments.

  • What are some facts at the beginning of the video that would make good trivia questions?

Take notes throughout the video so you can use them to review in the Got It? section with a fun activity.

The Genius of Marie Curie - Shohini Ghose:

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  • Do you think it's fascinating that Marie Curie's manuscripts still contain radiation contamination and her remains are interred in a lead-lined coffin to keep radiation contained?

Those facts would make great trivia questions.

  • What other important facts did you learn about Marie Curie?

Let's move to the Got It? section to review what you learned about her accomplishments from the video. Don't forget your notes!

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