Additional lesson ideas for ‘Big Picture: Immune System’
Here are more ways to use our issue in the classroom
This issue explores the immune system: the processes, structures and molecules that keep our bodies healthy. Here, we suggest some related activities you could try with your students. If you do use any of these activities, we’d love to hear from you! Please send any materials or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine some of the key scientists, past and present, who have developed our understanding of the immune system or applied their immunological science to improving health are travelling together in a hot-air balloon.
Unfortunately the balloon starts losing height, so someone has to get thrown out. Who will it be? This debating activity provides an opportunity to research different scientists and to consider the impact of their discoveries. Browse these articles to identify who might be in your balloon:
- The history of germ theory
- The history of the major histocompatibility complex
- The history of vaccination
- The history of blood types
- The history of antibodies
Ethical discussions (good for PSHE as well as biology lessons!)
Responsibility for ethical decision-making is embedded in biomedical research.
Use these case studies as a stimulus to debate current ethical issues (also found on pages 12–13 of the printed issue):
- Vaccination: who decides?
- Organ donation: whose consent?
- Infectious disease research: what’s allowed?
Does taking vitamin C tablets affect the chance of people getting a cold? Try the Chi-squared test worked example activity from our ‘Number Crunching’ issue.