SunWise with SHADE
  2011 Poster  Contest
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    A Partnership Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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    SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
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                     SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
    a program that radiatai good ideas
    A Partnership Program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Dear Teacher,
    You are cordially invited to participate in the 2011 SunWise with SHADE Poster
    Contest. We are pleased to announce that we will again be partnering with the U.S.
    Environmental Protection Agency's SunWise program to provide you with
    additional educational resources which are included in this guide. By participating in
    this contest, your students join the more than 90,000 students who have submitted
    posters over the past eight years. Plus, 4th-8th grade state winners will receive both
    individual and school prizes, and will be entered into a national contest for a family trip
    to Disney World. The winning school in the national contest will receive a WeatherBug
    tracking station. The top five K-3rd grade entries will also receive prizes.

    Being sun-safe is important because half of all  cancers in the United States are skin
    cancers, and one in five Americans will develop this disease during their lifetime.
    By following the SunWise action steps, we can teach children to protect themselves
    from ultraviolet radiation at a young age, decreasing their chances of developing
    skin cancer later in life.

    The activities included in this guide will help you teach your students some basic
    information about  sun safety. Feel free to modify these activities to best suit your
    classroom. If you like the sample activities and want to get a FREE SunWise Tool
    Kit, containing over 50 cross-curricular activities for grades K-8,  please sign up to
    receive a kit at

    Finally,  don't forget to remind  your students to include at least five of the SunWise
    action steps listed on page 5 of this guide in their poster and to attach the official entry
    form. To see winning  posters from previous contests, and to learn more about the
    poster contest and  prizes for this year, please visit our website at
    Good luck and don't forget to Limit the Su
    Shonda Schilling
    SHADE Foundation of America
Sue Gorham
Executive Director
SHADE Foundation of America
 The SHADE Foundation logo is a registered trademark of the SHADE Foundation. SunWise is a registered trademark
of the U.S. EPA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. By sponsoring this Poster Contest, no
             company is receiving the endorsement of the SHADE Foundation or the U.S. EPA.

             SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
          SunWise with  SHADE 2011
       Poster Contest Table of Contents
Introduction-The Importance of Being SunWise	5
Poster Contest Information	6
How to Submit a Poster	7
SunWise Classroom Activities
Activity (Grades K-2): Speedy Sun Relay Race	9
Activity (Grades 3-5): Measure Your Shadow	10
Activity (Grades 6-8): SunWise Surveyor	11
Additional Classroom Ideas.                        12

                     SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
  Introduction  -  The Importance  of  Being SunWise
While some exposure to sunlight can be
enjoyable, too much can be dangerous.
Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in
sunlight can result in a painful sunburn. It can
also lead to more serious health effects like
skin cancer, cataracts, and immune suppression.
Children particularly need sun protection
education since unprotected exposure to the
sun during youth puts them at an increased
lifetime risk for skin cancer.

Most people are not aware that skin cancer,
while largely preventable, is the most common
form of cancer in the United States, with more
than one million cases diagnosed annually.
By following a number of simple steps, you
can still enjoy your time in the sun while
protecting yourself from overexposure.

SunWise Action Steps:

• Do Not Burn
• Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
• Generously Apply Sunscreen SPF 15+
• Wear Protective Clothing Such as a Hat,
  Sunglasses and Full-Length Clothing
• Seek Shade
• Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow
  and Sand
• Watch for the UV Index—a forecast
  of UV intensity
• Get Vitamin D Safely
Health Effects of Sun
Since the appearance of an "ozone hole" over
the Antarctic in the early  1980s, Americans
have become aware of the health threats posed
by ozone depletion, which decreases the earth's
natural protection from the sun's harmful UV
rays. Understanding these risks and taking a
few sensible precautions will help you enjoy the
sun while lowering your chances of sun-related
health problems later in life. Some health prob-
lems associated with sun  overexposure include:

• Melanoma Skin Cancer
• Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
• Premature Aging and Wrinkling of the Skin
• Cataracts and Other  Eye Damage
• Immune Suppression

UV  Index:
The UV index provides a daily forecast of the
expected risk of overexposure to the sun.

For more information on the UV Index and
the Ozone Layer, please visit our Web page

UV Index
   Exposure Category
UVI Range
                                          The UV Index was developed by:

                       SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
Create  a Poster:  Sunwise SHADE® 2011 Annual Poster Contest Information

Children in Kindergarten through 8th grade are eligible to enter the SunWise with SHADE®
2011 Annual Poster Contest for great prizes! Entries are categorized by K-3rd grades
and 4th-8th grades.

Submitted posters must meet the following criteria (or risk disqualification):
        > Be original and drawn by hand
        > Paper size must be 8 1A x 11 inches
        > Posters must include at least five Sun-Safety Action Steps (see page 5)
        > Correct spelling and grammar must be used in the 4th-8th grade category.
        > Attach the official entry form to the back of each poster submitted (see page 7)
        > Entries must be received no later than April 1, 2011

Posters will be judged based on:
        > Ability to SHOW at least five of the SunWise action steps (as opposed to using only words)
        > Creativity
        > Originality
        > Quality of artwork

State Prizes are to be determined.  Past prizes include digital cameras and scrapbooking kits
       for students and UV Index monitors, UV color-changing beads, and sunscreen for the
       classrooms of winning students.

National Prizes:
Kindergarten through 3rd grade:
        > Crayola Digital camera Scrapbooking Kit for top five entries

Fourth through 8th grade:
        > A family trip to Disney World for the national contest winner
        > A WeatherBug Tracking Station for the winner's school, with lifetime access to
         WeatherBug Achieve. The WeatherBug Tracking Station  is a scientific-grade weather
         station built to withstand all kinds of weather and records 27 different weather
         measurements in real time. WeatherBug Achieve is a web-based, award winning
         curriculum that integrates Tracking Station data for an interactive, collaborative and
         fun classroom experience.
        Certain restrictions apply. Please see the website for more details. Prizes are subject to change.

Additional prizes may  be offered in specific states. For more information on your specific
state's prizes and procedures, please visit the SHADE Foundation website at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not endorse any of the sponsors. The entrant understands that EPA and/or
the SHADE Foundation intend to reproduce -winning posters on the Web and in future promotional materials such as the 2012 Poster
Contest Guide. By submitting a poster, the entrant gives a perpetual, royalty free license to U.S. EPA and the SHADE Foundation to
copy, distribute, make derivative -works and publicly display the submitted poster.

                    SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
         How  to  Submit  a  Poster:

1. Please complete the upper section of the form and duplicate the form for distribution
  to your students.
2. Ensure that each student's name, age, gender and grade level are provided on the bottom
  section of the form. All information is required.
3. Attach the completed form to the back of each child's poster.
4. DO NOT write any identifying information on the front of the poster.
5. All entries must be received by April 1, 2011.
6. Mail poster entries with completed form attached to the back of each poster to:
                       SunWise with SHADE Poster Contest
                         SHADE Foundation of America
                                1776 I Street, NW
                                   9th Floor
                             Washington, DC 20006

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Teacher's Name: (Mr./Mrs.)

School Name:
School Address:
                           Poster Contest Entry Form
School Phone Number:
School Fax Number:
Did you enter in 2010?  YES	NO	 Did you enter in a prior year?  YES	NO
Is your school participating in the SunWise program? YES	NO
                          Not Sure
Child's Name:
Grade Level:
Circle One: Girl      Boy

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                      SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
ACTIVITY:  Speedy  Sun  Relay  Race  (Grades K-2)

Estimated Time
30 minutes

       One set of the following sun-safe and non-sun-safe
       clothes and items for each team:
        >     Long-sleeved shirt (preferably with collar)
        >     Long pants (optional)
        >     Hats (wide-brimmed, cowboy)
        >     Sunglasses
        >     Empty bottles of sunscreen, some with SPFs of 15 and higher, some with lower
        >     Shoes (optional)
        >     Various other articles of clothing that are not sun-safe, like tank tops, t-shirts,
             shorts, baseball caps, visors, etc.

Note: Make sure that the clothes are large enough for each student to put on and take off easily.
Learning Objective
This activity will challenge students to think quickly about sun-safe behavior by selecting correct
sun-safe clothes when presented with several options. Assess whether the students learned how
these clothes will help protect them from the sun's harmful UV rays by asking them the
following questions.
       >     What are three items that the model is wearing that you would pick to protect
             yourself? Explain why you chose these three items.
       >     How many of you dress like the model when you play outside? Why do you
             think dressing like this is safer for you?
       >     Explain why you would take these actions.

Organize the class into teams of five or more and line them up at the start of the racecourse.
Place the pile of clothes at the other end of the racecourse. Have each team select one student to
be the sun-safe model. This student will stay at the starting point of the race, donning sun-safe
clothes. The other team members should each  take turns running to the pile of clothes, selecting
one item, and bringing it back to the model. The first team to have a completely sun-safe model
is the winner. The sun-safe models should be wearing a protective hat, long-sleeved shirt, and
sunglasses, and be carrying a bottle of sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. Incorrectly dressed
models must decide what they are missing, and the other team members must continue bringing
back items until the model is sun-safe.

     This activity is reprinted from the U.S. EPA's SunWise Tool Kit. To register to receive a free tool kit, visit

                      SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
ACTIVITY:  Measure  Your  Shadow  (Grades 3-5)

Estimated Time
At least three 15-minute intervals during one day.
       >     Chalk (a different color for each trip outside)
       >     Yardstick/meter stick
Learning Objective
The objective of this activity is to demonstrate to students what causes a shadow, how shadows
change from morning to evening, and how they can tell by the length of their shadows what
times of day they should seek protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Instruct the students to make a chart on a piece of paper to record the time they traced the shadows
and the size of the shadows. Also, each student should record his/her own height for comparison.
The chart will need two columns and three rows. The top of the chart should be labeled "time"
and "measurement." The side of the chart should be labeled "first shadow," "second shadow,"
and "third shadow."

Take the students outside three times during the day (once around noon). Have students choose
a partner. Instruct the students to trace their partner's shadow using a piece of chalk on the
cement surface of the schoolyard. They should begin tracing the shadow from the feet. They
should write their names inside their shadows. Students should use the yardstick to measure the
length of the shadows each time  they trace them. Students should record the measurement and
time  in their charts.

When everyone goes back  outside later in the day, have each student stand on the feet of their
own  shadow and retrace their new shadow on top of the original. Again, they should record the
measurement and time in their charts.

Questions and Answers
1 What makes your shadow?
   The rays of the sun shining on one side of your body generate a shadow that is projected
   away from your body.
2 Do you always have a measurable shadow?
   Yes. When the sun is overhead at noon, the projection of the shadow is much shorter than it
   is during the rest of the  day.
3 Is your shadow always the same size?
   No. Your shadow is long in the early morning and late afternoon and short during midday.
4 How much time passed between your first and last shadow?
   Students should count the  hours and minutes on a watch or clock to find the number.
5 What is the difference between your measurements?
   Students should subtract to find the answer.
6 What is the shadow rule?
   "Short shadow, seek shade. "

     This activity is reprinted from the U.S. EPA's SunWise Tool Kit. To register to receive a free tool kit, visit


                       SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
ACTIVITY:  SunWise  Surveyor  (Grades  6-8)
Estimated Time
One to two class periods

Clipboards (optional)
Measuring tapes, yardsticks or metersticks

Learning Objective
This activity will raise student awareness of
daytime exposure to the sun. Students will
focus on the amount of shade provided for
their outdoor hours at school, and the impor-
tance of providing sun-safe areas on the property.
to design a more sun-safe playground (see the "
the  complete kit).
         To conduct a comprehensive
         SHADE Audit, download the
          CDC*s Shade Planning for
            America's Schools at
           < www. epa. gov/sunwise/
          educator_resources.html >
Assess student comprehension by asking students
You Are the Architect'' activity found in
• Tell your students that they are surveyors who have been assigned to determine the current
  availability of shade on your school's property in order to help school administrators decide if
  the grounds are sun-safe.
• Have the class take a survey of the grounds during a period of time when students are present,
  such as recess or lunchtime.
• Have the students begin by drawing a scaled map of the school grounds, observing and marking
  on the map the most popular places where students congregate and play. These Play Areas
  can include sports fields, jungle gyms, blacktops, eating areas, and any other places where
  kids hang out.
• Now have students survey and mark the parts of the Play Areas that are covered in shade.
• Have the students measure the dimensions of the Play Areas, record their results, and measure
  the shade-covered portions of these areas. For circular-shaped areas, such as under a tree,
  students will measure the diameters and calculate the areas of the shady spot, and write down
  these results as well.

Questions and Answers
1 What is the total area of the Play Areas on your school's grounds? Answers will vary.
   Students will determine this figure using algebraic formulae to calculate the area of each
   Play Area, then adding the sums together. A=l*w

2 What is the total area of the portions of those Play Areas covered by shade? Answers will
   vary. Students will determine this figure using algebraic formulae to calculate the area of
   each shade-covered area, then add the sums together.

3 What percentage of the Play Area on your school's grounds is sun-safe? This answer will be
   determined by dividing the total area of shady spots by the total area of the Play Areas.

This activity was adapted from the California Department of Health Services School Shade Protocol, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section,
and is reprinted from the U.S. EPA 's SunWise Tool Kit. To register to receive a free tool kit, visit www. epa. gov/sunwise.

                      SunWise with SHADE* 2011 Poster Contest
Use these additional  ideas for  more  fun  in the  sun!

Ideas for Your  Classroom  and School

Students may decide to engage in activities in their individual classrooms or school-wide to
promote sun safety awareness. Here are a few ideas to help get started:

           • Classroom may adopt one strategy to protect students from sun (e.g. Sun Safety
             Day where everyone wears a hat, applies sunscreen before going outside, identifies
             the daily UV Index, etc.)
           • Plant trees (e.g. start a commemorative program where donations can lead to
             planting trees on your school grounds, raise funds to purchase shade trees, etc.)
           • Hold a sun safety awareness celebration during National Skin Cancer Prevention
             month in May
           • Create a sun protection bulletin board to display sun safety action steps and related
             environmental features like the UV Index
           • Coordinate a fundraiser to raise money to buy the school a shade structure for the
             playground area
           • Organize a shade team to conduct a shade audit of the school grounds and
             brainstorm ideas of how to increase the amount of shade
           • Coordinate with the school nurse and PTO to organize a school health fair and
             display information for different health topics,  including skin cancer prevention
           • Have your students serve as peer educators and teach younger children about
             sun safety
Use your  SunWise® Tool  Kit:
Make learning about the importance of sun safety fun! If you don't already have one, order your
free kit today at
Follow  Up:
Use the following resources to
get facts, tips and other important
information on sun exposure and
its effects.
www. shadefoundation. org
www. epa. gov/sunwi se/
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