The United States of America’s Environmental
Protection Agency has developed a school program called SunWise.
The program includes a tool kit containing cross-curricular classroom
lessons and background information. The Tool Kit is free
to registered schools. The Tool Kit consists of a variety of fun,
developmentally appropriate activities that combine education
about sun protection and the environment with other aspects of learning.
The Kit includes activities focusing on:
- The science behind UV radiation and stratospheric
- The health risks from overexposure to UV radiation
- The steps you can take to protect yourself.
The Kit contains classroom activities for K-2, 3-5,
and 6-8 grade levels. In keeping with the intent of making these
lessons hands-on and fun, the Kit also includes tools such as a
UV-sensitive frisbee, and the On the Trail
of the Missing Ozone comic book, which reinforce the sun
safety lessons. Finally, to reward your students for their participation
in the SunWise program, we have also created the easily photocopied
Certificate of SunWisdom. The Tool Kit contains an additional section
targeting school policy, which gives guidance on how to institute
sun safety changes outside the classroom. In addition, the Tool
Kit is now available in Spanish.
To obtain your free SunWise Tool Kit for your school,
go to their website at: