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Programs and Curricula

Several national agencies and organizations have recognized the importance of skin cancer prevention for children. They provide additional resources for school policy development and sun protection education programs.

Skin cancer prevention education is most effective when it is taught as part of a comprehensive health education curriculum. As an alternative, it can be woven into core subject areas. There are many of options!

Guidelines:

Fit Healthy, and Ready to Learn, Part II: Sun Safety The National Association of State Boards of Education dedicated the second edition of their school health policy guide series to sun safety.

Guidelines for School Programs to Prevent Skin Cancer
These nationally recognized guidelines for sun safety policy development were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2002.

Sun Protection - An Essential Element of a Health-Promoting School
The World Health Organization's Global UV Project and Global School Health Initiative have produced these guidelines which include a sample policy for schools.

Teaching Materials & Curricula

Materials for Teaching Students

Skin cancer prevention education is most effective when it is taught as part of a comprehensive health education curriculum. As an alternative, it can be woven into core subject areas. There are many of options!

Teachers should find these curricula, lessons plans, activities, and materials helpful for teaching students about sun safety:

Preschool –Kindergarten

Adobe Acrobat California Early Childhood Sun Protection Curriculum
Curriculum developed by the Skin Cancer Prevention Program at the California Department of Health Services. Available at no cost.

Sun Safe Central
Website contains information and easy, fun activities to teach preschool children about sun safety.

Preschool- Grade 8

SunGuard Your Skin
A school curriculum for preschool through middle school, was developed by the The Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention in Maryland.

SunSafe
Offers program materials appropriate for two age groups. SunSafe in the Early Years is for children aged 2-9. SunSafe in the Middle School Years is aimed at teens. Both programs offer teachers, principals, coaches, lifeguards, clinicians, and parents fun and educational ways to learn about UV radiation and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Preschool-Grade 12

Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria, Australia
Website contains free education resources.

SunWise
Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the program contains classroom-based, school-based, and community-based components. These resources are free of charge.

Kindergarten-Grade 8

Sunny Days Healthy Ways®
Two evidence-based sun safety curricula that use a comprehensive, cross-curricular approach to teaching skin cancer prevention skills to children in grades Kindergarten through Grade 5 and grades 6 through 8. Each was developed and tested through a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Learn how to use the elementary edition of the Sunny Days, Healthy Ways curriculum by viewing this animated tutorial.
Link to Sunny Days, Healthy Ways

SunWise
Is an environmental and health education program available through the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

Kindergarten-Grade 6

Adobe Acrobat Sun Safety Activity Guide
From the National Safety Council and Environmental Health Center, this website includes cross-curriculum classroom activities and background information packaged as a one hour "core" sun safety lesson. Included in the Guide are developmentally appropriate activities for primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-6) learning levels and is free of charge.

Adobe Acrobat OzonAction Education Pack
Designed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), this education pack for primary school teachers contains activities for teaching students about the ozone layer and ways to enjoy the sun safely.

Kindergarten-Grade 12

Skin Cancer Protection Program
The California Department of Health and Safety has a wide variety of materials available free of charge to the public. The site contains curriculum, promotional materials and more.

Grades 1-6

The Sun Show
Educational videos created by the nonprofit Sun Safety for Kids in cooperation with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society. The videos are aimed at students in grades 1-3 (20 minutes), and grades 4-6 (30 minutes) and contain age appropriate sun safety information in a fun video format.

Grades 4-12

Project SAFETY
A three-lesson CD-ROM with an accompanying 80-page Teacher's Guide. Science-based skin cancer awareness and prevention curriculum developed by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center with Texas Cancer Council funding.

Stanford SOLAR Center
The site provides a collection of multi-disciplinary, interactive exercises and activities based on the sun and solar science, most geared to Grades 4-12. The materials are free of charge.

Grades 6-8

Sun Guardman
A two-lesson middle-school curriculum, developed by the Coalition for Skin Cancer Prevention in Maryland. Consists of a teacher's guide, student booklet, parent letter, and video. Materials are free of charge.

Grades 9-12

Adobe Acrobat Skin Cancer Lesson Plan
Lesson plan (available as a PDF download) that uses a game show format for high school health educators. Prepared by the Melanoma Education Foundation in Massachusetts.

Materials for Teaching Staff

Staff can benefit from skin cancer prevention education, as well. Not only does education and training help staff avoid dangerous behavior while at work, it will also help them become better role models to students.

PowerPoint Sun Safe Schools- Preventing Skin Cancer at Work Training Slides
A PowerPoint Presentation consisting of four training modules. The modules last about 10 minutes each and are intended for use by district or school health and safety specialists for presentations to other staff members. An accompanying Microsoft Word Document script is also available.

Programs:

Choose Your Cover is a skin cancer prevention initiative that was sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Safety Council's Skin Cancer Prevention Program includes background materials, a Sun Safe Activity Guide and a video.

Rays Awareness is The Weather Channel's national campaign designed to educate people about the dangers of sun overexposure, while helping them to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and healthy manner.

Skin Cancer Prevention 101 The National School Boards Association has created a packet that contains background research and sample policy and guideline information.

Sun Safety For Kids was created by the dermatologists of The Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society. The program provides information for school and summer camp administrators to use while developing sun safety programs.

Choose Your Cover Campaign
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Choose Your Cover campaign. Although the activities concluded May 2003, all of the materials are still available on the website free of charge.

Intersun Programme
Created in collaboration with a variety of international health organizations, the World Health Organization Intersun Programme provides informational packages for schools. These resources are free of charge.

SunWise
Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the program contains classroom-based, school-based, and community-based components. These resources are free of charge.

SunSafe
SunSafe is the name of several National Cancer Institute sponsored projects based at Dartmouth. Classroom materials are provided free of charge.

Skin Cancer Protection Program
The California Department of Health and Safety has a wide variety of materials available free of charge to the public. The site contains curriculum, promotional materials and more.

Sun Safe Colorado has attempted to list all sun protection teaching materials available to the public that are appropriate for school use. Contact info@sunsafecolorado.com to suggest additions.

Sun Safe Colorado does not endorse any specific teaching materials. Examine each one carefully to see if it meets your district’s requirements and standards.

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