Sneaky Cancer Cells - Why Our Immune System Struggles to Fight Cancer - Reading

Sneaky Cancer Cells - Why Our Immune System Struggles to Fight Cancer - Reading
Sneaky Cancer Cells - Why Our Immune System Struggles to Fight Cancer - Reading
Sneaky Cancer Cells - Why Our Immune System Struggles to Fight Cancer - Reading
Sneaky Cancer Cells - Why Our Immune System Struggles to Fight Cancer - Reading
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NGSSMS-LS1-1
NGSSMS-LS1-3
NGSSMS-LS1-5
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This one page reading comes with a 4 question reflection/understanding check at the end. The reading explains why our immune system does not always recognize cancerous cells. The reading lightly explains the immune system and cancer to preface learning about why cancer can be so hard to detect. The title "Sneaky Cancer Cells" is designed to help students form a connection between the reading and the title - answering the question - how can cancer cells be sneaky? I hope this short reading will help students understand why our immune system sometimes needs help in fighting cancer (and I hope it helps answer the question of if our immune system can fight it at all).

The questions at the end have been double printed so that you can save paper. Simply print and cut in half to distribute to students. If students do work in interactive science notebooks, the small size of the questions sheet will allow students to cut-and-paste it into their notebooks as well.

Enjoy! Please let me know what you think, and how your students responded to the reading!

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NGSSMS-LS1-1
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
NGSSMS-LS1-3
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. Emphasis is on the conceptual understanding that cells form tissues and tissues form organs specialized for particular body functions. Examples could include the interaction of subsystems within a system and the normal functioning of those systems. Assessment does not include the mechanism of one body system independent of others. Assessment is limited to the circulatory, excretory, digestive, respiratory, muscular, and nervous systems.
NGSSMS-LS1-5
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Examples of local environmental conditions could include availability of food, light, space, and water. Examples of genetic factors could include large breed cattle and species of grass affecting growth of organisms. Examples of evidence could include drought decreasing plant growth, fertilizer increasing plant growth, different varieties of plant seeds growing at different rates in different conditions, and fish growing larger in large ponds than they do in small ponds. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms, gene regulation, or biochemical processes.
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