STEM Global Code Cracking Curriculum

This lesson is intended to be integrated into a High School Biology genetics unit and allows students to investigate and understand that cancer is a result of an accumulation of mutations in the genes that control cell proliferation. Cancer has a global impact, impacting lives around the world. However, cancer (both rates of incidences and cancer related deaths) disproportionately affects people in different countries of the globe. Students will learn about risk factors and prevention strategies to help them unpack some of the reasons for these disparities. In the culminating mini-project, students will conduct online research on the global disparities of cancer by investigating either a type of cancer across multiple countries/regions or the rates of different types of cancer in a single country/region. Optional extension activities are included.

Lesson Plan and Supporting Documents:

Code Cracking Cover Sheet

Code Cracking Lesson

Code Cracking Slide Deck

Cancer True False_Student

Cancer True False_Teacher

Careers in Global Health_Student

Cancer Disparities_Student

Cancer Disparities_Teacher

Cancer Mini-Project_Student

Cancer Mini-Project_Teacher

Mutation Practice_Student

Mutation Practice_Teacher

Protein Synthesis_Student

Protein Synthesis_Teacher

SES and Cancer_Student

Vocabulary Terms_Student