Establishing introductory knowledge about skin cancer and sun safety

Before embarking on a design challenge or research task related to skin cancer and sun safety, it is important for students to develop an understanding of:

the importance of protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays to avoid skin cancer
the key messages for sun safety, especially as they pertain to clothing, hats and sunglasses.

Teacher notes 1: Establishing knowledge about skin cancer and sun safety describes and provides links to teacher and student resources to help develop this understanding of skin cancer and sun-safety. The resources include teaching ideas and two slide-show presentations, as well as fact files, two three-level guides and other student activities. These introductory materials, as listed below and available as downloadable PDF’s, have been developed for students in Years 7–12, with teachers able to select and/or adapt the resources to suit the cohort.

Teacher notes

Slide shows (PowerPoint presentations)

Slide show 1:
Skin cancer

Fact files

Student response (activity) sheets

Student response sheet 2:
Interpreting skin cancer statistics