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Famous Female Scientists - Marie Curie Activity Pack

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Years: 4 - 6

Learn about the life and contributions of Marie Curie with a comprehensive pack of inspirational women worksheets.

Let’s Learn About Marie Curie! Printable International Women’s Day Worksheets

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a great opportunity for teachers to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and across the world. We’ve got a load of new resources coming for you to add to your ideas and even your biographical unit plans! 

There are many ways teachers can celebrate International Women’s Day, here are a couple of ideas:

  • Highlight inspiring women. Share stories of inspiring women throughout history. This can also include discussing the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
  • Encourage your students to reflect on their own experiences as women and girls, and give them a space to share their thoughts and feelings.
  • Celebrate the diversity of women by showcasing women from different cultural backgrounds who have different experiences and careers. 

This worksheet pack all about Marie Curie includes a comprehension passage, fill-in-the-blank exercises, writing prompts, word searches, plus much more.

Who Was Marie Curie? Research and Study a World-Changing Female Scientist

Marie Curie was a remarkable scientist who made groundbreaking contributions to the field of radioactivity, which paved the way for modern physics and medical advancements. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win it twice in two different fields of study (physics and chemistry). Her life and work serve as an inspiration to women around the globe for several reasons:

  • In an era when women were not allowed to attend universities, Curie defied societal expectations and pursued higher education, eventually earning a PhD in physics. She was the first woman to be appointed as a professor at the University of Paris.
  • Curie’s pioneering work in radioactivity led to groundbreaking discoveries, including discovering two new elements, polonium and radium. Her contributions to the field of radioactivity not only advanced scientific understanding but also paved the way for the development of nuclear power and medical treatments for cancer.
  • Curie faced many challenges in her personal and professional life, including discrimination due to her gender and the tragic loss of her husband to radiation poisoning. Despite these setbacks, she remained committed to her work and continued to make significant contributions to science.
  • Curie recognized the importance of science education and worked to establish the Curie Institutes, which are dedicated to cancer research and treatment. She also founded the Radium Institute in Paris, which provided free treatment for cancer patients.

Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardboard and slipping it into a write-and-wipe sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, and then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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