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STEM Global Code Cracking Curriculum

This lesson has been updated with suggested adaptations for remote learning


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 Resources


Student Handouts

Teacher Keys and Rubrics

  • Teacher Answer Key: Cancer True or False? –   PDF

  • Teacher Answer Key: Protein Synthesis – PDF

  • Teacher Answer Key: Mutation Practice – PDF

  • Teacher Answer Key: Global Cancer Disparities – PDF

  • Scoring Rubric: Global Cancer Mini-Project – PDF

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