Lesson 3: The Adaptive Immune System

While focusing on the structure and function of the adaptive immune system, students compare the innate and adaptive immune systems by examining antigens, B cells, T cells, antibodies, dendritic cells, molecules and processes. Unique features include a pop-up glossary, a drag and drop concept map, a short written passage, and creation of a multimedia resource to explain and demonstrate the functioning of the adaptive immune system. Students read the passage: Killer Cells, Memory Cells: A Brief Introduction to the Adaptive Immune SystemStudents watch animations: The Adaptive Immune System and How Do Antibodies Work?

Time: Three 45 minute sessions

Lesson questions

  • What are the key features and processes of the adaptive immune system?
  • How does the adaptive immune system differ from the innate immune system?

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