50/50: Understanding Cancer and New Cancer Research

In this lesson, students watch the film 50/50 and learn from a genetic and biological standpoint how cancer originates, grows, and behaves. Students also look at a new study on using radio waves to combat cancer growth.


Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

First, assess what students already know about cancer. Ask the class: What is cancer? What does it do? What causes cancer? Have a discussion and clarify the information that students already know and address any misinformation the class may have.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, Film, Ninth, Science, Seventh

Anthony Naclerio

Anthony Naclerio Tony Naclerio is a curriculum writer and experienced Science educator. Tony specializes in merging video games, music, movies, and other forms of entertainment with life science principles. Tony believes that the key to teaching science is showing how science can apply to everyday life. Science is, in its purest sense, a way to understand the world around you, and in turn, yourself.