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Introduction to Immunology

This lesson introduces basic knowledge of functions, cell types, and disorders of the human immune system, and describes a common technique used to study the immune system through a model-building activity.

About this lesson:

This lesson introduces basic knowledge of functions, cell types, and disorders of the human immune system, describes a common technique used to study the immune system through a model-building activity, and asks students to conceive an experiment that studies the human immune system. It also introduces some open research questions in the world of immunology.

The full lesson plan includes learning objectives, Next Generation Science Standards and Advanced Placement alignments, a teacher guide, suggested timing, and lesson materials.

Instructor Guide

Student Guide

Videos of Immune Cells

Flow cytometer activity example:

Learning resources:

Five cool things your immune system can do

Immunologists share some of the far-out cellular feats happening in your body on a regular basis
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Overview of the Immune System

Information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Immune Cells

Information about immune cell types from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Features of an immune system

Information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Resources to learn more:

Science Programs at Allen Institute