Unit 1: The Human Immune System
In three lessons, Unit 1 introduces the immune system’s physiology; the body’s first line of defense, the non-specific innate immune system, and the highly specific adaptive immune system. The animations The Adaptive Immune System and How Do Antibodies Work? are viewed during this unit.
Lesson 1: Organs & Tissues of the Immune System
This lesson familiarizes students with the anatomy of the immune system. Interactivity includes a pop-up glossary of terms and a drag and drop diagram of the human body.
Lesson 2: The Innate Immune System
Students are introduced to the processes of the innate immune system and how it responds to immune system challenges. Using a castle and moat model throughout, the students demonstrate how the innate immune system works. Activities include pop up glossaries, data tables, and statistical analyses. Students create a multimedia resource to demonstrate their understanding of how the innate immune system works and watch an animation: Immune Cascade.
Lesson 3: The Adaptive Immune System
While focusing on the structure and function of the adaptive immune system, students compare the innate and adaptive immune systems by examining antigens, B cells, T cells, antibodies, dendritic cells, molecules, and processes. Unique features include a pop up glossary, a drag and drop concept map, a short written passage and creation of a multimedia resource to explain and demonstrate the functioning of the adaptive immune system. Students read the passage: Killer Cells, Memory Cells: A Brief Introduction to the […]