LESSON 4: What Can I Do?

Time Required: One 40-minute class period

Materials: Worksheet 4, Internet access


1. After completing Lessons 1-3, your students will understand better what cancer is, how it can be treated, and how to reduce the risk of getting cancer. Now that students have been instilled with basic, and correct, information about the disease, you can encourage them to act!

2. Becoming an advocate (explain that this is a person who speaks publicly in support of a certain cause) for those affected by cancer is a great way to put one's new knowledge about cancer to good use. As a class, visit the LIVESTRONG Foundation website at http://www.livestrong.org to read about what other people have done in order to help raise money for cancer research or awareness in their community.

3. Tell students that, for the final portion of this program, they will be working together to create a way to support people with cancer and help fight the disease. Tell them that, as part of LIVESTRONG at School, children their age from all over the world have helped raise money and awareness for cancer survivors. Lead a brainstorming session about ways the class could increase cancer awareness or raise money to support cancer research. Ask students:

  • What skills do you have that could be helpful? (These skills could include running, riding a bike, drawing, writing, talking to people, speaking a second language, cooking, etc.)
  • Who is our audience? (Possible responses could include other students, parents, the school community, etc.)
  • What goals might we have for our project? (Possible goals could include raising money to donate to cancer research, increasing awareness of ways to prevent cancer, providing support for those who have or have had cancer, etc.)
  • What might our project look like? (Possible ideas could include creating cancer information posters to put up in the hallways, holding a bake sale, or organizing an event using the www.livestrong.org fund-raising materials).

4. Distribute Worksheet 4: What Can I Do? and divide students into small groups. Instruct students to work together to outline their favorite idea for increasing awareness about cancer, supporting those who have the disease, or raising money for cancer research. This idea could be one mentioned during the brainstorming session or a completely new idea.

5. Once students have completed the worksheet, invite each group to share their idea with the class. To take your LIVESTRONG at School learning to the next level, select a class project and take action!


As a follow-up to your class discussions about cancer, arrange for a medical expert, such as a school nurse or doctor, to come and talk to your class. Ask students whether they have any other questions about cancer that they would like to have answered. Have them prepare 1-3 questions to ask the guest speaker.


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