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Vaccines and the Immune Response

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Word Document (2007)
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Description This is a teaching resource that uses review papers and online videos to introduce students to the immune response, the role of vaccines in immunity, and the history of the controversy over vaccination.
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity)
Format Word Document (2007) - DOCX
Tim Bradshaw, Polk State College
Emily Bradshaw, University of Central Florida
Development Date July 20, 2015
Grade/Age Levels High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
National Science
Educational Standards
Historical perspectives (9-12), Nature of scientific knowledge (9-12), Personal and community health (9-12), Science as a human endeavor (K-12)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Language English
Cultural Aspect Historical (specific eras)
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date August 6, 2015
Funding Source None
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This is a ready to go resource that guides the student through a variety of resources that meet the listed learning objectives. It is a timely topic and is likely to be engaging and informative for students. The activity is designed so students can work independently or as a group. There are many opportunities for class discussion and further research. The activity includes a teacher's guide and a student handout.

This activity would lend itself nicely to a variety of extensions including writing prompts that meet the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts. I plan to use this activity in my anatomy and physiology and advanced biology classes this year.

Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, United Public School District #7

Students get a very good historical background information on immunity and vaccination and then find out about the current debate on autism!   This will definitely generate a good class discussion.

Nuran Kumbaraci, Stevens Institute of Technology

In general, this activity is good designed and explains the immune system and why vaccines are important in our society in a simple and direct way that will make driving the point to the students easy.

Carmen De Miguel, University of Alabama at Birmingham