Marie Curie Unit Study

Hi everyone, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes over here to create a new set of unit studies! This series is all about famous Scientists & Inventors! As usual each study includes fun hands-on activities to go along with the unit to help students remember what they’ve learned, and also provide them with a fun reference too to review and recall each person they’ve learned about.


Each of my scientist & inventor unit studies contains educational lessons, activities and a fun lap book that your students will work on as they progress through the study. The lessons also include book reports, vocabulary, character traits of these important figures, and critical thinking skills. I currently have 7 studies in this series. These studies are geared towards grades Kindergarten-4th, but can probably be adapted for older students as well.

Today I’m pleased to present the Marie Curie Unit Study.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie was born November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. She is is a well known Polish physicist and chemist who dedicated her life to research on radioactivity. She was also the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in two fields and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Marie discovered Radium and Polonium which she named after her native country of Poland. Marie devoted her life to studying and researching uses for radium. Sadly her close research with radium caused an early death in 1934 due to radiation poisoning.



This study uses the Marie Curie scientists and inventors series by Mike Venezia, but students are welcome to use any other researched information they can find as well. I would highly encourage older students to do some independent research on their scientist and inventor prior to completing their final report.

Click here to see a video of the Marie Curie Lapbook:


In this unit students will learn all about Marie Curie, her childhood history, lifetime achievements, characteristics, as well as some of her greatest discoveries and contributions to science. Below is a sample of the Lapbook that students will create as they learn about Marie Curie. Activities for this unit include:

  • All About Marie Curie
  • The Atom
  • Marie’s Education
  • Physics
  • Marie’s Diploma
  • Discovered Elements
  • Marie’s Characteristics
  • Radium Uses
  • Marie’s Unusual Death
  • Vocabulary
  • A Final Report



The study also includes a final report on Marie Curie for students to complete. There are several different formats of the report to accommodate varying student grade levels that might be completing the unit.

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  • Rishi April 1, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Thanks Erica… Madam Curie was a very remarkable scientist… her story is very inspiring and truly a case of the value of “exploration in science”…

    Her quote:
    “A scientist in his/her laboratory is not a mere technician: he/she is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.”

    — rishi

  • Gin April 1, 2013 at 5:42 am

    I would like to learn more about Henry Ford or Albert Einstein. Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway.

  • Danielle April 1, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Any of them would be so much fun to learn about and study!

  • Sonia April 1, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Would love to see one on Jane Goodall.

  • Jennifer B April 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Would like to see one on Nikola Tesla.

  • Kristin Solomon April 1, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Honestly, I would love to learn about them all. Thank you.

  • Trisha April 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I would love to learn about them all but if I had to pick….Benjamin Franklin.

  • Miranda April 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Samuel Morse

  • Dinah April 1, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I think we would like to see one on Nikola Tesla also:)

  • Samantha Lehmann April 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Newton! We just read Kathleen Krull’s book about him….. Boy was he difficult! All the lap books we found are too high level with too many elements to keep the kids interested…. Yours are great. We did Edison. We also love Venenzia, but our library doesn’t have them…. They are on my list for the fall ;).

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