Sun SafetyPrograms

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A sun safety program for preschoolers, kindergarteners and first-grade students.

Ray and the Sunbeatables®: A Sun Safety Curriculum created and developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and disseminated by CATCH® Global Foundation. The evidence-based curriculum educates children, parents and teachers about sun protection and promotes sun safety behaviors in an effort to reduce children's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.





Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Sunburn during childhood increases a person's lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. Anyone, regardless of skin color, can develop skin cancer, including melanoma, the most deadly type.

1 in 5

people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime


or more sunburns in childhood doubles a person's lifetime risk of melanoma


cases of invasive melanoma expected in 2018





Check out a few Sunbeatables school districts:

Be Sunbeatable

ELA and STEM Lessons
for Grades 2–5

Teaching children about sun safety can have a long-term and positive impact on their health. This sun safety program from The University of  Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will help encourage students and families to be sun safe every day and everywhere.

Access the Program 
Remote Learning: For grade 2, check out our ELA compare-and-contrast printable and windowsill math printable.
For grades 3–5, check out our science reading passage + skin biology printable.

Lessons & Activities

 ELA LESSON How the Sun Can Help
or Harm Us
Grade 2 
  MATH LESSON Sun Safety Meets Math Grade 2  OPEN
 CORE LESSON The Power of the Sun Grades 3–5  OPEN
 CORE LESSON What Is Skin? Grades 3–5  OPEN
 SCIENCE LESSON Shadow Observations Grades 3–5  OPEN
 STEAM LESSON 3-D Skin Model Project Grades 3–5  OPEN
 POSTER Sun Protection in Action Grades 3–5  OPEN


Extend the learning by sending home these sun safety tips and an activity for families.

 FAMILY ACTIVITY Be Sunbeatable With
Your Family!
Grades 3–5 
 FAMILY FACT SHEET Keep Your Family Sun Safe Grades 3–5  OPEN

Find out more to keep your family sun safe at mdanderson