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Now that’s a SunSmart Hat

There are many wonderful picture books available that can be used to promote awareness and discussion about sun protection.

‘Now That’s a Hat’ by Heath McKenzie is a hilarious rhyming story with vibrant illustrations about finding the right hat.  It is available online in hard copy and a read aloud on YouTube.

My SunSmart hat is not too small, too holey, or too bright. It is wide-brimmed and shady which is just right!

Curriculum Areas: English, The Arts & Design and Technology

Task: Design and make a SunSmart hat that will pass the SunSmart Hat Test.

Rules: To pass the SunSmart Hat Test, it must provide shade to the face, neck, ears and crown of the head.

Materials:  craft supplies, recycled materials and glue/sticky tape.

Instructions:

  1. Explore and research different types of hats. Have students bring in a hat from home.
  2. Do a SunSmart Hat Test: Does it provide shade to the face, neck, ears and crown of the head? Use a torch from above as the ‘sun’ to test for shaded vs exposed skin.
  3. Draw a SunSmart hat design and label its SunSmart features.
  4. Turn your design into a hat! Using recycled and craft materials make your SunSmart hat.
  5. Once finished do another SunSmart Hat Test.
  6. Celebrate! Show off your SunSmart hats at your next school assembly or email photos to the SunSmart Team at Cancer Council WA at sunsmart@cancercwa.asn.au.

Click here to download the SunSmart Hat Test template

Key Questions:

  1. What makes a hat SunSmart?
  2. Why do we need to wear hat?
  3. Why is shade so important?
  4. What other ways can you protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun?
  5. Why is important to wear sunscreen as well as a hat?

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This activity has been written for K-2 students in mind but can be modified for all year levels at teacher’s discretion.  Cancer Council WA recommends broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaires style hats.

Persuasive Writing Prompt

Writing prompts are a great stimulus to engage students in conversations about current social and health issues and then write about them.

It often involves researching to find more information about topics such as the effects of harmful ultraviolet radiation and sun protection.

Hats Versus Caps

Curriculum Area: English, Health

Task: Write a persuasive text about brimmed or bucket hats versus caps

Materials:  Hats versus caps picture prompt and writing materials.

Instructions:

  1. Analyse the image and discuss key questions.
  2. Brainstorm arguments for and against brimmed/bucket hats and caps.
  3. Research topics such as sun protection, skin cancer prevention and ultraviolet radiation. Visit Cancer Council WA’s Generation SunSmart website for information to help develop your argument.

Key Questions:

  1. What health issues are portrayed in the image?
  2. What are the differences between a cap and a hat?
  3. What is your key message regarding hats versus caps?
  4. What other ways can you protect yourself from UV radiation?

Extension:

  • Design a brimmed hat versus cap poster.

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This activity has been written with Year 3-6 students in mind but can be modified for all year levels.  Cancer Council WA recommends broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaires style hats.