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Cancer

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Sadako: A Tribute to a Girl with Cancer

In this lesson, students learn the story of Sadako, a girl living in Japan in 1955 who contracted leukemia.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Runaway Clones

In this lesson, students imagine life at a cellular level and consider the fact that given specific mutations, cancer cells can achieve fabulous reproductive success.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Survival of the Unfittest - Detecting a Cancer Risk Factor Part 1

Students investigate the hereditary nature of breast cancer and how it is linked to genetic mutation.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Survival of the Unfittest - Detecting a Cancer Risk Factor Part 2

In this lesson students will perform 2 lab activities to simulate the work of a forensic expert in the area of DNA profiling.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Cancer City USA

This lesson requires students to determine potential cancer clusters given real data and to support their findings using mathematical calculations.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Geography Matters and Cancer Part 1

This lesson guides students through class discussion to review the five themes of geography and use these themes as a way to think about the topic of cancer.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Geography Matters and Cancer Part 2

How can we write persuasively about cancer for an identified audience? Students use a Web Quest in order to answer questions they pose about cancer.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

A Primer of Evolutionary Medicine

How did modern day diseases, such as cancer, evolve? Explore this question and its ramifications on disease treatments.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Evolution and Cancer

How do doctors use evolutionary medicine to treat cancers? Have your students investigate the origins and causes of breast cancer via a WebQuest in this lesson plan.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Piercing Together Our Community: Breast Cancer Survival

Students answer the question: Who gets breast cancer?

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Color of Health

Is there a correlation between the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat and particular types of cancer?

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Cancer in My Classroom Part 1

In this unconventional cellular anatomy lesson students learn cell structure and function and build a cell model.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Could There Be Cancer in My Classroom? Part 2

One out of 600 young people develops one form of cancer, generally leukemia, brain tumors, lymphoma or sarcomas.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Evolution and Ovarian and Breast Cancers

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to evolutionary medicine and undertake a WebQuest in search of information on breast and ovarian cancer.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

Ovarian Cancer Simulation: Computer Generated Simulation of An Ovarian Tumor

Using a computer simulation, students learn the biological principles of evolution and cancer.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

I'm a Survivor

Students discuss their reading of John Gunther’s novel Death Be Not Proud in order to learn ways to prevent cancer by living a healthy lifestyle.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

The Size of Knowledge

Working in cooperative groups, students examine the topic of breast cancer by exploring various Internet sites, brainstorming about the topic and creating a Web Quest.

Middle School High School Life Science/Biology Environmental/Earth Science Physical Science Math Language Arts Social Studies Health

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