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An inside look at the workings of the immune system, focusing particularly on how the body fights off viruses. It features high quality CGI of white blood cells and viruses. It also mentions how diseases spread as well as the function of antibodies. The footage features key vocabulary and concepts from the curriculum.
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28 September 2011

Classroom Ideas

This clip give students an idea of the workings of the immune system The footage of microbes and immune cells is visually engaging and could lead to students making their own models of 'key players' in the immune system story. The class could discuss their understanding of pathogens and how and why these harm our bodies.
Students could look at white blood cells as part of study of cells and how they function. Their ability to ingest other cells and how these other cells are destroyed can be explored in terms of cell structure.

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