Recent Wonder of the Day #245: What Is the Ozone Layer offers some great tips for teaching children about being safe while they play outside during the summer. Thanks for a great question, Patricia!
Science NetLinks developed The Skin Deep Project to teach kids (targeted to grades 6 through 12) about the science behind skin and the importance of keeping it protected. This collection of resources includes:
SCI: Skin Cancer Investigation - an interactive where students learn about skin and skin cancer before entering the virtual world of Glowell Clinic, where they will spend time at the helpdesk answering callers' questions about skin protection and in the laboratory assessing whether skin abnormalities are cancerous or not.
The Science Inside Skin - an easy-to-read ebook that offers readers a closer peek at the body's surface. Find information about the three layers of skin, how skin changes during a lifetime, various skin ailments (ranging from acne to the three types of skin cancer), and sun safety.
Skin Cancer 1: Exposing Healthy Skin to the Sun - in this lesson, students explore the science behind keeping skin healthy, including how it functions to protect the body and what can be done to protect skin cells from mutations caused by excessive sun exposure.
Skin Cancer 2: Types, Prevention, and Detection - in this lesson, students develop an understanding of skin cancer and its different types, how it can be detected, and how it can be prevented.
Thanks for bringing up this important topic!
I'm a Band Director, so I make sure at all summer camps my kids wear sun block. I made the mistake my first year and didn't bring any extra for them to use. Talk about lobsters...
My students know that if they don't wear it, they don't march; and if they don't march in the summer, they don't march in the fall. I make sure they're aware of the importance of protecting themselves, and just how easy it is to get skin cancer from sun exposure.
Thanks Jane and Gregory! It is worth asking fellow teachers who are leaving their school year of hard work and dedication and continuing to educate young people all summer long if they have seen sun safety/skin cancer prevention materials at summer camps for both athletics and the arts. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a teacher/student website will be relaunching in August with all new content and lesson plans (http://www.skincancer.org/school/). Your feedback and suggestions are very welcome! If you have lessons, whether formal or informal, on the topic that have really struck a chord with students then please share!
Many thanks again for posting, you can also visit the Skin Cancer Foundation Facebook page
Have a healthy and happy summer!
Our school is already out, but I do discuss sun safety/skin cancer prevention with my students. I live in North Dakota, so our sun season is fairly short, but nevertheless an important topic. Thanks to those who posted the great links in response to Patricia's question. I find that teenagers listen and know the facts, but when it comes time for the prom, they still go to the tanning beds. They see being tan for the prom as more important than protecting their skin from something that seems so far in the future. Does anyone have any ideas that have worked to induce students to actually change their actions when it comes to tanning beds?
Suzanne Thurston recommended a resource from Science NetLinks: SCI: Skin Cancer Investigation (and supporting lesson and tool) that teachers can use to promote skin cancer awareness among their students.
How might you integrate this new resource into your classroom?
What other Verizon Thinkfinity resources have you used to provide your students with answers to their health related questions?