The Immune System
This interactive module introduces the anatomy of the immune system and walks through the timeline of a typical immune response.
The timeline includes the differences between the first time a pathogen is encountered versus subsequent infections, including an explanation of how vaccines work. Different tabs, videos, images, questions, and a detailed glossary of terms allow this resource to be explored at varying levels of depth depending on the class. Refer to the “Educator Resources” tab in the Click & Learn for implementation suggestions.
The glossary and illustrations in the Click & Learn are also provided as slide decks; you may make copies of these slides and adapt them to your classroom.
Student Learning Targets
- Identify the main organs and cells of the immune system, and explain their functions.
- Compare and contrast the innate and adaptive immune responses, and explain how they interact.
- Explain the role of memory cells when the body responds to a pathogen it has previously encountered, and apply this knowledge to the function of vaccines.
- Interpret graphs to support and/or revise scientific explanations.
adaptive immune response, antibody, antigen, B cell, cytokine, dendritic cell, innate immune response, pathogen, T cell, vaccine
The resource is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. No rights are granted to use HHMI’s or BioInteractive’s names or logos independent from this Resource or in any derivative works.
IST-3.A; IST-3.F; SP1, SP2
CC2, CC5; DP1