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Measuring and Protecting Skin

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.


Have students conduct the activity in groups of 2 to 4.

Materials per Student Group

  • 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" page 

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education