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Measuring and Protecting Skin


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Measuring and Protecting Skin

In this activity, learners compare and contrast their own skin (including the area covered) with that of an orange. This activity helps learners understand that skin is a vital part of the body and must be protected from sun damage. This lesson guide includes background information, resources, variation ideas and a bilingual (English and Spanish) handout.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2-3 feet of wax paper
  • Crayons or colored markers
  • Metric tape measure
  • Orange or tangerine
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic knife
  • Roll of tape
  • Sheet of centimeter ruled graph paper
  • Sheet of paper or a notebook for observations
  • Copy of "Skin Observations" sheet

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Muscles and Skin
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
    • Number and Operations
      • Exponents
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Moreno, Nancy P.; Tharp, Barbara Z.; Dresden, Judith

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2011

Funding Sources:

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), R25 ES06932
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), R25 ES010698

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