HIV/AIDS, iChat, and The Immune System

 Author: Kip Conwell

DisciplineLife Sciences 

 Grade Level: 9-12

 Created in 2004

 Duration : 2 days

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HIV/AIDS, iChat, and The Immune System is a multimedia approach to teaching rather challenging material without risking student boredom, and without giving up teacher student interaction. Students utilize traditional storyboard drawing techniques to establish their understandings of an immune response, but then later take advantage of an electronic environment to solidify their comprehension and to dispel misconceptions that they may have developed over the years. Although in this lesson the subject material is HIV/AIDS and the Immune System, the technology is extremely malleable and would fit with any other subject area.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Epidemic, Immune Response, Virus, Immune system, Immunity




National Standard:

Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspective - Personal and Community health.

Arizona State Science Standards :

Strand 1: Inquiry Process
Concept 2: Scientific Modeling
PO 5. Record observations, notes, sketches, questions, and ideas using tools such as journals, charts, graphs, and computers.
Concept 4: Communication
PO 2. Produce graphs that communicate data.

Strand 2: History and Nature of Science
Concept 1: History of Science as a Human Endeavor
PO 1. Describe how human curiosity and needs have influenced science, impacting the quality of life worldwide.
PO 3. Analyze how specific changes in science have affected society.
PO 4. Analyze how specific cultural and/or societal issues promote or hinder scientific advancements.

Strand 4: Life Science

Concept 1: The Cell
PO 2. Compare the form and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and their cellular components.
PO 4. Analyze the mechanisms of transport materials into and out of cells.
Concept 2: Molecular Basis of Heredity
PO 3. Explain how genotypic variation occurs and results in phenotypic diversity



 Lesson Plan (pdf / doc)
 iChat Game Questions  (pdf / doc)
 Risk Ranking Game  (pdf / doc)
 Risk Ranking Game Answer Sheet  (pdf / doc)
 Immune Response Poster  (pdf / doc)
 Immunology Terms  (pdf / doc)
 Immunology Handout (pdf / doc)


References and Related Links:

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