Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday June 5th - Sun Safety Lab

Problem/ Question:How well do different materials protect the skin from the sun?

Students working on their Sun Safety Lab.

Colts Soccer Jersey Being Tested

LLBean UV rated shirt tested against Regular Cotton Shirt.

HMS Students confirm the 40+ UV rating of the LLBean Shirt!
(Control strip on left, shirt showing UV rays being blocked on right, full exposure in center).

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monday and Tuesday June 3rd and 4th

We are in the final stretch of our Unit on Skin and Skin Cancer.
We discussed who is at risk for skin cancer and the treatments.

The final assignment can be viewed here.

Today (Tuesday) we welcome Dr. Janice Pelletier into our class.  Dr. Jan wrote a bill to ban tanning for adolescents under the age of 18.  She will discuss the science and process behind her actions.  

Here are some links to "Skin Cancer in the News" and editorials written around the bill.  

We will also be completing a 
Sun Safety Lab that can be accessed here.
Postponed until Wednesday due to lack of sun.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30th - How to detect Skin Cancer?

Goals for today:

  • How can you detect and classify skin cancer?
  • What are the three types of skin cancer?
  • What is the "No Tanning Pledge?"

Link to videos on the - "No Tanning Pledge." - Melanoma Foundation of New England

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 29th - What causes skin cancer?

Goals from today's class.

  • Understand UV Rays - pros/cons 
  • What is the cause of skin cancer? (See image below)
  • Classify the different types of skin cancer.
Notes from today's class - Causes of Skin Cancer - Click here to access.

Here is a link to tonight's WebQuest on Skin Cancer Types.  Click here to access.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 28th - Introduction to the Integumentary System...in simple terms your skin!

Here is a link to a web site we have set up for you to learn about your skin and the effects of UV Rays.  

We are fortunate to have Mrs. Erin VanWagenen a local doctor to help us out with some of the content.

Today we will be learning about the structure and function of our skin.
Click above to access the worksheet.

Some cool facts to get us started:
  • Skin is your largest organ in your body!
  • Your skin accounts for 15% of your body weight!
  • Over 50% of dust in your home is dead skin.....YUCK!
  • Your skin has its own micro-biome...over 1,000 species of bacteria on it.
  • It takes babies 6 months to develop their permanent skin tone.  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Skeletal System - Composition of Bones and Review

Here are some links to some review items on the skeletal system:
Reading on Bones and joints- Sciencesaurus
Worksheet Labeling the Bones found in your body

Today we are going to cover the major structures and functions of you bones:
  • Periosteum
  • compact (hard) bone
  • cancellous (spongy) bone
  • bone marrow (red and yellow)
Here is a link to a great video on the composition of bone by National Geographic.