Immune System

Immune System

Our immune systems protect us from disease in a variety of ways. First, they keep invading microbes and viruses out, but if that fails, the immune system will attack the invaders, and try to destroy them. The immune system is fascinating and complicated, and researchers are still unraveling its many secrets.

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BrainPOP: Immune System4 stars

"Dear Tim and Moby, Why do we get sick? From Ashley." White blood cells, antibodies, antigens, bacterial infections, vaccines, and HIV are among the topics introduced in this animated lesson from BrainPOP. Following the video is a quiz and vocabulary activity. To view related videos on viruses and vaccines you will need to purchase a BrainPOP membership, but non-members can watch a limited number of episodes for free.

e-Learning for Kids: Immune System5 stars

"The body can only make immune weapons against bacteria and viruses that is has met before." Click your way through this illustrated slide show to learn about the defense provided by your spleen, lymphatic system, digestive system, skin and respiratory system. After the presentation, try your hand at the ten-question quiz (called the Exercise.) "Which of these is NOT part of your immune system? Skin, lymphatic system, spleen or skeleton?"

KidsHealth: Your Immune System5 stars

"To be immune (say: ih-myoon) means to be protected." This two-page KidsHealth article about the immune system is followed by a colorful printable activity ("Match the immune system cell with its function"), a video ("How the Body Works: The Immune System") and a ten-question quiz. Links to related articles can be found at the bottom of the page, and include "What are Germs?" and "Why Do I Need to Wash My Hands?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Immune System5 stars

Written for grownups, this NIAID report will be useful for high-school students writing reports, or studying for a biology exam. In addition to a nine-page explanation of the immune system, this site includes results from a very recent (March, 2011) study on the immune boosting properties of vitamin A. "A new study led by Dr. Yasmine Belkaid and colleagues in NIAID's Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases helps shed light on how vitamin A regulates the immune system at mucosal surfaces ? the moist linings of the mouth, lungs, and gastrointestinal (GI) tract."

Nobelprize.org: The Immune System5 stars

The official site of the Nobel Prize brings us an online game (yea!) based on the 1908 award-winning immunity work of Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov and Paul Ehrlich. The Immune System Defender Game lets you explore what happens when you are wounded, what kind of cells are involved with the immune system, and how immune cells remove bacteria. "In this game, you are a trainee soldier of the Immune System Defense Forces, defending a human against bacterial infection."

Immune System Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

American Museum Natural History: Infection, Detection, Protection

National Cancer Institute: The Immune System

UC Clermont College: Immune System

University of Hartford: Immune System


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Feldman, Barbara. "Immune System." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 20 Sep. 2011. Web. 5 Mar. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/immune-system/ >.


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