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Skin as an Organ
Students are introduced to human skin as an organ of the body with many roles, functions and interactions with other organs. They investigate the integumentary system in groups and complete a worksheet with their findings.
Variation in Human Skin Color
Students explore factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society. They understand that skin color is no longer considered a credible scientific standard by which to classify people into different races.
How the Body Works - Skin
Take an elevator down under the surface of the skin! Animations show that new skin cells are formed and the old ones are shed in the epidermis, how melanin provides color and nerves and blood vessels reside in the dermis, and what the roles of the skin are. Even sweat glands are explained. It'll be no sweat for you to teach a lesson on skin using the resources that accompany this clever clip!
Sun and Skin
Students work in small groups researching different aspects of the sun and skin. The groups summarize and answer questions about the material in a presentation to the class.
Skin and Sports
The topic is protecting our own protective covering: the skin. In particular, the information deals with sweating as a means of temperature regulation and the need to wear clothing appropriate for allowing the process to occur. Learners also read about contusions, blisters, and sun damage. There isn't much to the lesson other than reading an article online and answering comprehension questions, but you may find it useful as an informational text exercise.
Breaking the Illusion of Skin Color
"What Darwin could not appreciate...is that there is a fundamental relationship between the intensity of ultraviolet radiation and skin pigmentation, and that skin pigmentation itself was a product of evolution." Viewers are provided with an informative and detailed review of the evolution of human skin color, from Darwin's rejection of human skin pigmentation as related to climate, to our ability today to collect satellite data of radiation at the Earth's surface and track relationships between skin pigmentation and ultraviolet rays. Nina Jablonski touches on the movement of peoples from areas of high UV radiation to areas of little radiation, and the profound social consequences of these disbursements.
Protect the Skin You're in
Students explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. They test the effectiveness of various sunscreens and administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. In addition, they implement a public service campaign designed to increase student use of sunscreen and sun safety awareness.
In a detailed, creative writing task, potential poets analyze how race, identity, and society categorize and (mis)represent us. The learning begins with an imaginative anticipatory set where students describe unique situations that their skin has experienced (its earliest memory, what would your skin touch). It transitions with two class discussions about how their skin identifies who they are, and the title of Elis’ book Skin, Inc., and selected poems. It concludes with a two-part writing activity that “brands” the writer—allowing them to break free and repair their damaged identity. Included is an optional/extension activity for more mature and respectful learners where they “brand” each other's identities.
Skin, Tongue and Nose
In this skin, tongue, and nose activity, students answer multiple choice and short answer questions about the skin, tongue, and nose. students complete 19 questions.
Skin Trade Book Quiz
For this fiction books worksheet, students complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Skin Trade." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, and popularity of other books at the same time.
Skin: Skin Prints
Students explore human anatomy by participating in a print experiment. In this human skin lesson, students define the term "epidermis" and utilize computer paper, pencils, tape and baby wipes to create a print of their own skin. Students compare the other student prints with their own.
Students explore decomposition rates of various fruits. For this science lesson, students place different sizes of fruit in a worm compost or backyard compost and record the decomposition rates of the fruit. Students observe how the skin of the fruit serves as a protective covering.
Skin Cancer Lesson Plan
Skin care is a topic often overlooked in the health curriculum. This should not be the case because most types of skin cancer can be prevented, or if detected early enough, can be successfully treated. So take the time to teach your classes about skin cancer, melanoma, and carcinoma. But more importantly, how to take care of themselves to prevent over-exposure to the sun. Definitely worth the time it would take you to teach!
Biology: Sun, Skin and Cancer
Students identify basic components of skin on a cross sectional diagram. They provide a basic description of cancer in terms of cell biology. Students explore the ABCD of skin cancer/mole evaluation and perform their own evaluation of "test moles." They name the three kinds of skin cancer and describe where in the skin they originate.
Bill Nye: Skin
Review the "Bill Nye - Skin" video by having learners answer the questions with fill in the blanks, listing, labeling, and coloring diagram answers. They will write 20 answers.
Students investigate the skin surface to body area ratios for different animals. In this seventh/eighth grade mathematics/science instructional activity, students explore heat transfer between an animal’s body and the environment. Using technology, they conduct an experiment and graph the resulting data.
The Geometry Of An Ox Skin
Students investigate the concepts of area and perimeter. The lesson uses a legend to create a context for the proposed word problem. They use the skill of estimation in order to create an ox skin that is found in the story. This can become a creative project with using construction paper to recreate the ox.
Why Do We Have to Wear Sunscreen?
Impress upon your learners the importance of using sunscreen to protect their skin throughout life. With this video, they will learn not only about the basics of how much sunscreen to apply and for how long, but they will also have the opportunity to discover the chemistry of skin cancer and the effects of UVA and UVB rays on the human body.
SKIN CARE: ACNE
Students study the underlying causes, prevention, and treatment of acne.
Bill Nye: Skin Video Questions
In this "Bill Nye: Skin" video review worksheet, students watch the movie and respond to 20 fill in the blank and short answer questions regarding information from the documentary pertaining to human skin.