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Ch 1: Diseases & the Immune System Lesson Plans

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Make the most of your anatomy class time and engage your students with effective activities and assignments to facilitate their learning of diseases and the immune system. These activities are designed to help you incorporate fun ways you can teach your students about these topics.

Diseases & the Immune System Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Group and individual projects, assignments and class activities are outlined in our lesson plans to help you devise new teaching strategies to help your students learn about different types of diseases and the function of the immune system. These activities might include games, writing assignments or art projects.

Lesson plans are supported with video or text lessons that you can have students refer to or you can use to support classroom materials. These resources are great tools you can add to class time to generate class discussions and encourage student participation.

How It Helps

  • Learning objectives: Ensures that your teaching strategies cover specific objectives relating to disease types and characteristics and immune system parts
  • Activities or games: Provides step-by-step instructions for fun activities to keep students interested and engaged in the material
  • Vocabulary words: Identifies and defines key terms and phrases to ensure students understand facts about diseases and the immune system
  • Additional resources: Supplies video and text lessons you can use as supplemental class materials to cover topics more thoroughly

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning diseases and immune system lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific disease and immune system topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your anatomy class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related disease and immune system lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of diseases and the immune system.
  • Engage your students with relevant diseases and immune system-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

39 Lessons in Chapter 1: Diseases & the Immune System Lesson Plans
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Immune System Lesson Plan

1. Immune System Lesson Plan

During this lesson, students learn about the different parts of the immune system. The lesson utilizes an extended metaphor to help students understand their own body's defense system. They create a media representation of the immune system, using the extended metaphor as a guide.

What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

2. What Is the Immune System? - Our Body's Defense Against Pathogens

In this lesson, you will be introduced to the immune system. You'll learn about the innate and adaptive immune system, Edward Jenner, haptens and immune tolerance.

Immune System Games & Activities

3. Immune System Games & Activities

The immune system is complex with a lot of intricate pieces. This series of hands-on, interactive games and activities makes learning about the immune system fun and can be used for most grade levels.

Immunology Lesson Plan

4. Immunology Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about immunology. Students will be able to answer questions using textual evidence to support their answers and summarize the functions and disorders of the immune system.

What is Immunology? - Definition & Branches

5. What is Immunology? - Definition & Branches

Immunology is the study of how the body prevents infection. Immunologists can study basic immunology, looking at the function of cells, or get into clinical immunology, which looks at how immune system disorders can cause disease.

Biological Immunity Lesson Plan

6. Biological Immunity Lesson Plan

If you're discussing protecting our bodies from disease with your class, use this lesson plan to explore biological immunity. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

What is Immunity? - Definition & Types

7. What is Immunity? - Definition & Types

This lesson will introduce immunity and define what immunity is and what it does. The lesson will also identify the different types of immunity and what they involve.

Disease Lesson Plan

8. Disease Lesson Plan

There are many different ways to classify diseases. Your students will become familiar with some classifications of diseases as they watch a video, create disease posters, and take a quiz.

Outbreak Lesson Plan

9. Outbreak Lesson Plan

Help your students weed through the fascinating world of disease outbreaks. Students learn how diseases are spread and controlled, as well as the role of a epidemiologist.

Disease Outbreak: Definition & Types

10. Disease Outbreak: Definition & Types

You've probably heard of disease outbreaks in the news before. But how do scientists and doctors define and categorize outbreaks? What are common-source and propagated outbreaks? Read on to find out!

Disease Transmission Lesson Plan

11. Disease Transmission Lesson Plan

How are diseases transmitted? This lesson plan uses a fact-filled video to establish a knowledge base for students. An activity gives students the chance to demonstrate understanding.

The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

12. The Different Routes of Infectious Disease Transmission

This lesson will discuss the different ways you can get sick. We'll discuss how pathogenic microbes can be transmitted to you or someone else as we explore horizontal and vertical transmission as well as vectors, vehicles, and fomites.

Disease Prevention Lesson Plan

13. Disease Prevention Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about disease prevention. Students will read a text lesson, discuss disease prevention, and create a personal three-part disease prevention plan.

How to Prevent Disease Transmission

14. How to Prevent Disease Transmission

In this lesson, you will learn about many of the ways by which you can help prevent the transmission of potentially deadly diseases at home, at work, or in school.

Communicable Diseases Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

15. Communicable Diseases Lesson Plan for Elementary Students

What are communicable diseases and how do they spread? This lesson plan uses a text lesson designed for kids to explain key facts. An activity gives students a chance to problem solve using what they've learned.

Understanding Communicable Diseases: Lesson for Kids

16. Understanding Communicable Diseases: Lesson for Kids

You've probably heard, 'Cover your mouth when you cough!' But why is this important? In this lesson, you'll learn about the wide range of communicable diseases and how they are spread.

Pandemic & Epidemic Lesson Plan

17. Pandemic & Epidemic Lesson Plan

Need a lesson plan on diseases? This lesson plan familiarizes students with past and present pandemics and epidemics through a video and a text lesson. Students will then participate in a fun, engaging activity that demonstrates disease transmission as well as a vocabulary challenge.

Pandemics: Definition, History & Examples

18. Pandemics: Definition, History & Examples

The Bubonic Plague and the Black Death are two famous diseases we classify as pandemics. But what is a pandemic? How do we know if the flu season we are having is just a really bad flu, or a pandemic? This lesson will define them and give examples.

What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples

19. What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples

If we look back through history, we can point to many epidemics. In this lesson, you'll learn what an epidemic is and see some recent as well as older examples of epidemics. Then, you can test your understanding with a short quiz.

Chronic Disease Lesson Plan

20. Chronic Disease Lesson Plan

Your students will become familiar with chronic diseases through this lesson. They will read and discuss a text lesson with you and then complete a short research project on a chronic disease that they will present to the class.

Impact of Chronic Diseases on Human Populations

21. Impact of Chronic Diseases on Human Populations

In this lesson, we'll explore this history and present day effects of chronic diseases. We'll review what chronic diseases are and look at two examples, cancer and diabetes.

Communicable Diseases Lesson Plan

22. Communicable Diseases Lesson Plan

How many colds have worked their way through your class this year? A video lesson delivers key facts on communicable diseases for students and a research activity gives them the chance to dig deeper. Optional related lessons and extensions are also provided.

Epidemiology of Communicable & Noncommunicable Diseases

23. Epidemiology of Communicable & Noncommunicable Diseases

Within the field of epidemiology, there are two major classifications of disease: communicable and non-communicable. Today you will learn the differences between these classifications, as well as some examples of each.

Infection Control Lesson Plan

24. Infection Control Lesson Plan

How can we prevent the spread of infections? A video lesson highlights key information and an analysis of the CDC's standard precautions drives home key points. Related lessons and extensions are provided for future study.

Basic Principles of Infection Control

25. Basic Principles of Infection Control

We are going to gain an understanding of microorganisms and what it means to be pathogenic. This lesson will go on to discuss the importance of infection control.

Chain of Infection Lesson Plan

26. Chain of Infection Lesson Plan

Teachers may use this lesson plan to teach students about the chain of infection. Students will summarize the stages in the chain of infection, provide examples, and discuss methods of preventing the spread of disease.

Germs Lesson Plan

27. Germs Lesson Plan

Teaching your students about those icky germs? Use this Study.com lesson plan to define the term, look at different kinds of germs, and find out why they're not so good for us. Conduct an experiment to further learning.

Facts About Germs: Lesson for Kids

28. Facts About Germs: Lesson for Kids

Germs are tiny, invisible invaders that are all around us, but did you know that not all germs are bad? Learn about helpful germs, what germs are, what germs do and the four different types of germs in this lesson.

Germs Activities

29. Germs Activities

Learning about germs gives students insight into the microscopic world. This series of activities can be used in K-12 classrooms, and brings the microscopic world to life.

Epidemiology Lesson Plan

30. Epidemiology Lesson Plan

There are scientists who dedicate their lives to studying the trends in diseases. Your students will learn about epidemiology as they watch an interesting video, create flipbooks and take a quiz.

Tuberculosis Lesson Plan

31. Tuberculosis Lesson Plan

What is tuberculosis and how can it be treated and prevented? This lesson plan uses an animated video lesson to present essential facts about the disease. An activity explores global rates of tuberculosis infection over time.

Infectious Diseases Lesson Plan

32. Infectious Diseases Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson to introduce students to infectious diseases. A simulation game is included, which requires students to pretend to be disease detectives tracking down the source of an infectious disease outbreak.

Cholera Lesson Plan

33. Cholera Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the symptoms, spread, and prevention of cholera. They will then work in groups to devise a public education and policymaking campaign for a country with a cholera outbreak.

Yellow Fever Lesson Plan

34. Yellow Fever Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about Yellow Fever an the virus that causes it. They will expand upon their scientific learning through creative writing.

Vaccination Lesson Plan

35. Vaccination Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about vaccinations. While working on a KWL chart, students will read and annotate an informational text. At the end, students will apply what they've learned to write a letter to a child who is afraid of vaccinations.

Polio Lesson Plan

36. Polio Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on examining the causes, symptoms and treatments of polio. Students will examine historical and current trends in cases of polio. The lesson provides several activities to engage all learning styles.

Smallpox Lesson Plan

37. Smallpox Lesson Plan

This lesson focuses on examining the structure and replication of smallpox. This lesson provides strong emphasis on the replication processes of smallpox. The lesson provides several activities to engage all learning styles.

Lifestyle Diseases Lesson Plan

38. Lifestyle Diseases Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to lifestyle diseases including drug and alcohol addiction, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A group activity is included for students to create a public service announcement about one of the diseases.

Noncommunicable Diseases Lesson Plan

39. Noncommunicable Diseases Lesson Plan

Noncommunicable diseases are diseases that cannot be passed from one individual to another. They are still to be taken seriously, however. In this lesson plan, students will learn how to do just that: take noncommunicable diseases seriously.

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