Understanding the Biology of Cancer

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After initial exposure to a carcinogen, a cancer diagnosis often takes more than a decade due to the slow buildup of mutated cells in the body. Scholars learn about the biology of cancer with a worksheet and discussion questions. They work with a partner and then join the entire class to benefit from the ideas of everyone.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Explain that cell division and cell proliferation mean the same thing prior to using the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of mitosis, genetics, transcription, and translation
  • Be aware of any potential sensitivities due to a cancer diagnosis

  • Includes many extension ideas
  • Provides high-quality references

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Common Core