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Sunburn

Skin cancer has affected many people in my family, and for this reason I put a lot of emphasis into my sun lessons. While the use of tanning beds has declined in recently, I know my students have heard many myths about other risks for skin cancer. I feel these resources are great for giving scientific information about why we need to protect our skin from the sun as well as debunking a lot of the myths on the topic. With some vocabulary support, these resources could also work for elementary.
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Sunburn
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This collection of lesson plans is provided by the Skin Cancer Foundation. They provide a variety of tools for teaching the most effective strategies to prevent skin cancer.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    While I have seen the use of tanning beds declining in the past 5-10 years, they are still available. This article and video do a good job of explaining why tanning beds specifically aren't a good health choice.
  • skincancer.org
    skincancer.org

    Treating Sunburn

    3 minute read
    Teresa Potter says:
    This article gives first aid information about how to treat a sunburn. This is particularly important because my students grandparents (and maybe even parents) didn't have access to sunscreen, so there were many different ways to treat sunburn with varying levels of effectiveness. I think that it is essential to provide direct instruction on this topic to help combat any home remedies that students might have been taught that aren't effective.
  • cnn.com
    cnn.com

    Six common sun myths, exposed

    7 minute read
    Teresa Potter says:
    I like the quiz above for debunking myths, but this article is a nice straightforward way to give correct answers to common myths.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This lesson and guided questions give a good overview of why we wear sunscreen. It also provides additional resources for students who want to (or who you require) to learn more.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    I love this quick quiz. It does a nice job of activating prior knowledge by asking the questions but then debunking those myths. I have used this both in class and as an online homework assignment where students reflected on what they learned.
  • webmd.com
    webmd.com

    What's Your Best Sunscreen?

    Article
    Teresa Potter says:
    This short article describes several different types of sunscreens and how they can be used in different situations, such as when you are sweating or if you have sensitive skin. I always remind my students that any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen, but this information can help them get even more intentional about their choices.
  • Teresa Potter says:
    This video does a really excellent job of explaining the science behind sunburn. This information is also helpful for understanding what sunscreen actually does.
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