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Nuclear Nic-Nacs

Episode:70Te Papa Collection:History

Suggested curriculum levels:3 – 8

Curriculum connections:English: Listening, Reading, and Viewing, Social Sciences: Continuity and Change

Description:A Kiwi doctor brought back these keepsakes from ground zero at Hiroshima. Find out whether they are radioactive after all this time.

Questions for students

  1. What are 'nic-nacs'? What are the objects in this Tale and where were they found? What were they used for originally?
  2. Explain what is meant by 'occupation' in this context. Why did New Zealand troops go to Japan after the war?
  3. This Tale connects the 'nic-nacs' with New Zealand's growing awareness of the dangers of nuclear power. Chart the key events, discoveries and knowledge that have shaped New Zealand's attitude to nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power since the 1940s.
  4. The presenter says New Zealanders were very innocent about the effects of nuclear forces. Give an example of this from the Tale. Compare the way people reacted in the past with the way we might react now.
  5. What other dangers have we become more aware of over time? Choose another health risk, such as smoking. Use the 'Connections and conclusions' response template to record the changes in our knowledge. What conclusions can you draw?

Related templates:

Connections and conclusions