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The Innate Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
My body is my castle. Pupils learn about the innate immune system in the second lesson of a three-part unit on the immune system by comparing the innate immune system to a castle and moat. Groups conduct a simulation where they try to...
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Vaccine History and Research

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It all becomes a matter of timing. Groups use a variety of resources to research the history of vaccines by first creating a timeline of vaccine research using leading scientists' work. Learners read articles to develop a story of the...
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Development of Disease and Infection

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's all in the cards. Using cards to simulate a disease's attack on the immune system, pupils develop an understanding of how the immune system and pathogens react to each other and why at times the pathogen wins. Groups play a game to...
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The Adaptive Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Attack the pathogen from within. Learners delve deeper into the immune system and find out about the adaptive immune system such as T and B cells. Groups create graphical models of the adaptive immune system along with a multimedia...
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Organs and Tissues of the Immune System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's virus-fighting time! Pupils learn how viruses attack and reproduce and how the immune system works to protect the body. They identify unfamiliar terms and tissues and organs of the immune system. Working in small groups, scholars...
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The Dispute Over the South China Sea

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Just who owns the South China Sea—and its vast resources—has been a conundrum for decades. Pupils explore the international law and disputes surrounding the resource-rich body of water, as well as China's claims over it. A background...
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Genetic Disease: Putting DNA to Work

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scientific knowledge of genetic information has grown quickly over the last decade. An interactive lesson has learners research the role of science and medicine in diagnosing and treating genetic disorders. They consider the job of the...
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Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health High School Virtual Field Trip

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding the science of the spread of infectious diseases is the first step in controlling them. Learners begin by researching the factors that affect the contraction and spread of these diseases and the challenges communities face...
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Infectious Diseases: Bird Flu Today

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Understanding how viruses spread has never been more important. A well-designed WebQuest lesson has young scientists research viruses, how they spread, and how they are treated. They also consider the trends in common viruses in the world.
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The Cold War (America)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Cold War—with its roots in World War II—impacts the world today. Using an extensive curriculum, scholars consider its impact through primary sources, including speeches and propaganda, as well as other skills-enhancing activities. An...
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Vertical Farming

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Is vertical farming a viable option to accommodate shrinking rural areas? Applying the concept of photosynthesis and homeostasis, budding scientists complete a 10-task unit to make their own conclusions. They complete experiments to...
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The War in Europe: Evaluating Historic Decisions

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
War brings a whole new set of ethical dilemmas. From deciding whether to enlist in a segregated and racist Army to whether to sacrifice civilian lives to prepare for a critical D-Day invasion, leaders during World War II faced many...
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Strategic Decision-Making in the Pacific

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Pivotal moments happened in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Some of these turning points were the result of quick decision making, while others were the result of long-term strategies. Scholars evaluate the decisions using...
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Icefish Blood Adaptations: Viscosity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Most fish freeze to death when the water is too cold, yet some fish live in the Southern Ocean where the water is often below freezing. Scholars use two models representing the blood from most fish versus the blood from Antarctic fish....
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Diasporas: The Great Geographic Dislocations of History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The current population distribution throughout the world is largely based on geopolitical events that have forced groups of people to leave their homes forever. High schoolers learn more about the diasporas scattered around the world as...
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We Have You Surrounded: Exploring Branding, Marketing and Globalization

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Advertising and marketing tells young people what to buy, how they should look, and where they should shop. Scholars take part in examining advertisements and marketing strategies using an eye-opening resource. They carry out reading...
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Not So Fair and Balanced: Analyzing Bias in the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Life is not always fair. Who's heard that before? This same concept moves to a larger scale using prejudice and bias. Pupils discuss where prejudice attitudes derive and how they develop throughout life. Reading comprehension...
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It Ads Up

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
The average cost a 30-second advertisement during the Superbowl is $4 million. Are ads really worth the money? Are people really influenced by them? Scholars take a look at magazine ads and carry out discussion to determine what...
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Take Two

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Commercial breaks are for more than refilling snacks! Pupils work on reading comprehension advertisement skills and analyze a variety of television commercials. They take part in discussion about the purpose of the commercial, the...
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Easter Islanders Made Tools, Not War

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
When studying artifacts, especially tools, how do archaeologists determine what the devices were used for? In what ways might researchers' previous experiences influence their perception of an artifact? An article about researchers'...
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Preparing a 1040EZ Income Tax Form

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Some of us never feel like we know how to do our taxes! Help scholars understand the process early by using an informative resource. They fill out their own tax forms in a simulation activity and view multiple resources to learn even...
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The Cold War: How Did It Start? How Did It End?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a Cold War and a Hot War? Scholars research the beginning of the Cold War. They analyze diary entries as well as excerpts from various events during the 45-year standoff. To finish, they prepare final...
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Balance of Payments (BOP)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever checked your clothes to see how many nations created them? Pupils take a deeper look at international trade and the balance of payments nations have with one another. They use calculations, simulations, and primary sources...
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Women in the Military

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scholars analyze the role of women in the military in United States history. Using group research, debate, and diary entries, they explore various military activity in America. To complete the lesson, young historians write an essay...