Beyond the Bald

Beyond the Bald: Making St. Baldricks an Educational Experience for your Students


From Becky Szuba's email:


In order to create a more authentic learning environment for our students, I believe it's important for the students to see a connection between the classroom and the extra-curricular. In the past, the activity office has provided SIP articles for Red Ribbon Week and learning activities for Rachel's Challenge. I know that your classroom time is valuable and you are trying to cover the curriculum. However, I've attached some ideas for you to use if you choose. There are some articles/graphs that could be used as school improvement articles, Rebel Reading materials, and other activities. If you teach your 7th hour class earlier in the day as well, this would be a good activity to use to keep your classes on the same page since 7th hour will be missed due to the assembly.


Here's a brief breakdown of what is attached (the blue links are the material sent out in the email):


Science classes- Check out faces of cancer or the science website. There is a very interesting activity where students are placed in groups and given a family history from 0-death or to the point of being diagnosed with cancer if they are still living. This activity is meant to be used in classrooms and looked like a great interactive, educational opportunity for our students.


Math/Business/English- Check out the financial report. It is extremely long, but the articles could be used in English. There are also a lot of graphs for those of us non-math minded people. Math classes could use the data to do percentages, statistics, etc. Business classes could study where the money goes and discuss how in some charities, the majority of the money doesn't go to the actual cause, but to processing, payroll, etc. Page 23 of the report has most of the numbers for graphs, etc.


Social Studies/Sociology- Check out global facts and figures. It's a little outdated, but the statistics would lend well to your subject matter. This is a long article, but you can use aspects of it. Sociology can discuss social risk factors. Government classes can talk about health care related to cancer.


Art, Child care, Special education- Check out kids activities. There are many puzzles, etc. for special education. There are some examples of advertisements that art teachers could use. For example, the students could create their own publicity and slogan using their art skills.


Spanish- The website has letters in Spanish. I am going to have Spanish III find the errors (yes, there are some!) I'm also going to have them identify some grammatical concepts that we're studying and have them analyze how/why they were used in this letter. Lower levels can ask some comprehension questions or try to recognize cognates. This would be great Rebel Reading!


Health and P.E.- Check out The American cancer society has an excellent website. There are quizzes about being safe in the sun, smoking and cancer, getting healthy, having a good balance of nutrition and physical activity, etc. Check out the quiz portion and the tools and calculators tab.


Music- Go to American Music Therapy association or Rock Against Cancer website to find info on how music is helping cancer patients. I'm also attaching an example of an article related to music therapy.


Culinary Arts- Go to There are articles about cancer causing carcinogens and cooking!