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    In this activity, students are introduced to the immune system.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain in simple terms what the immune system is
    • list some of the names of the cells in the immune system
    • explain some of the functions of the immune cells.

    Download the Word file (see below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do.

    Related content

    These articles help provide a basic knowledge and understanding of some ideas and concepts of our immune system:

    Related activities

    Additional activities to support learning about the immune sustem.

    Check out the unit plans: Fighting infection – the immune system and Fighting infection – reducing infection.

    Useful link

    Watch this video of macrophage ‘eating’ particles.

     

    Video of a human neutrophil on a blood film, crawling among red blood cells (spherical shape). The neutrophil is ‘chasing’ Staphylococcus aureus microorganisms, added to the film. This video is taken from a 16 mm movie made in the 1950s by the late David Rogers at Vanderbilt University.

      Published 12 November 2010, Updated 2 May 2021 Referencing Hub articles