In these classroom-ready interactive high school lessons, students develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-life applications. They will apply their knowledge of biology, expand their understanding of genetics, explore relationships between science and technology and learn about health-related careers. All lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and designed for two 45-minute class periods.
What is Cancer?
Students will apply their knowledge about cellular structure, function, and cell growth to increase their understanding about the development of cancer at the cellular level. Students will identify common misconceptions about cancer and create a graphic organizer to answer the question, “What is cancer?”
Getting the Results
Students explore the various diagnostic tools used in breast cancer detection and tracking by building an online directory using wiki technology.
Genetics: Understanding Family History
Students investigate genetics to understand the causes of cancer using information on Steve and Nikki’s family health history. They will complete and interpret a pedigree, build understanding of genetic counseling and genetic testing and simulate gel electrophoresis.
Treatment: Understanding the Pathology
Students will learn how to read pathology reports to interpret results and make conclusions. They will also investigate the different treatment options for patients with breast cancer.
Students will explore risk factors and evaluate the short and long-term consequences of health choices.