Part I: Introduction to Cancer

This section will introduce your students to cancer, Dr. Jim Allison, and the beginning of his quest to find a cure. The activities in this section include:

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Part I Standards Alignment

NGSS Standards/Lesson Objectives​

 LS1.A: Structure and Function 

  • HS-LS1-1. I can explain using evidence how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. 

  • HS-LS1-2. I can develop and use a model to illustrate the complex organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms. 

LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms

  • HS-LS1-4. I can use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in living things.


AP Biology Standards

  • LO 2.16 The student is able to connect how organisms use negative feedback to maintain their internal environments 

  • LO 2.17 The student is able to evaluate data that show the effect(s) of changes in concentrations of key molecules on negative feedback mechanisms. 

  • LO 2.28 The student is able to use representations or models to analyze quantitatively and qualitatively the effects of disruptions to dynamic homeostasis in biological systems. 

  • LO 2.36 The student is able to justify scientific claims with evidence to show how timing and coordination of physiological events involve regulation. 

  • LO 2.37 The student is able to connect concepts that describe mechanisms that regulate the timing and coordination of physiological events. 

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