Wilburworld of Science

Activity:  ​WBC Memory Game - Students will play a version of the classic "Memory" game using white blood cells pictures and matching them to their cell name.  

After completing this activity, students will 
  • be able to identify various white blood cells by their differing characteristics, such as cell size, nucleus shape, presence of granules
Notes/PPT: White Blood Cells - Characteristics and function of each type of WBC is explained. 
Notes/PPT: Intro to the Immune System - An overview of immune function and its role in fighting disease, as well as the 3 categories of immune related diseases.

After participating in this lecture/discussion, students will
  • understand how each of the body's 3 lines of defense against foreign invaders as well as bad "self" cells
  • be able to explain the 3 ways that a faulty immune system can result in disease.

Lab: Microscopic Analysis of Blood Smears - Students Identify different types of white blood cells according to characteristics such as nucleus size and shape, granuole stain, etc.    


After completing these activities, students 
  • will be able to use morphological and staining characteristics of cells to differentiate between all blood cell types
Chart:  Blood Cells - Students use a chart to organize structural components, functions and other characteristics of each blood cell.    


After completing these activities, students will
  • be able to identify the key players (white blood cells) and their roles in the immune response
Lab: White Blood Cell Counts as a Diagnostic Tool - Students perform white blood cell counts for five patients using a hemocytometer and analyze results.  

After completing this activity, students
  • will use a hemocytometer to determine leukopenia or leukocytosis in a patient 

Quiz:  The Immune System Response & WBC's
Disease Diagnostics         
Unit 4: Immune System & Related Disorders
The Immune Response & WBC Tests
Apr 7, Mon, Day E
Apr 8, Tues, Day F
Apr 9, Wed, Day A
Apr 10, Thur, Day B
Apr 11, Fri, Day C
Cell ID sheet & Chart:  Analysis of Blood Smears - Students Identify different types of white blood cells according to characteristics such as nucleus size and shape, granuole stain, etc.   Also students are asked to organize information on all blood cell types into a chart.  

After completing these activities, students 
  • will be able to use morphological and staining characteristics of cells to differentiate between all blood cell types\
  • be know the structures and functions of all blood cells
Apr 14, Mon, Day D
Apr 15, Tues, Day E
Apr 16, Wed, Day F
Apr 17, Thur, Day A
Discussion/Notes/Worksheets:  Specific Immunity

After completing these activities, students will
  • know the roles of B-cells & T-cells 
  • understand how specific and nonspecific immune responses differ 
Research Project:    Immune Diseases/Disorders - Individually, each student completes synopsis charts for 15 immune disorders.  This information will be used for a diagnostic group challenge.  

Assigned:  April 1 , Tues                             Due:  April 16, Wed
Case Study  Challenge:  Challenge Immune Diseases/Disorders - Students use synopsis charts of  various genetic disorders for a group diagnostic challenge.  

After participating in this activity, students will 
  • be able to integrate knowledge regarding genetic diseases disorders with diagnostic methods and use problem solving skills to identify case study diseases/disorders
After completing this project, students will be able to
  • assess the credibility and validity of information sources and scientific methods, techniques and claims (websites, scientific journals, articles, etc.  )
  • integrate multiple sources into a clear, organized summary regarding immune system related disorders
Apr 28, Mon, Day B
Lab: White Blood Cell Counts as a Diagnostic Tool - Students perform white blood cell counts for five patients using a hemocytometer and analyze results.   - continued

After completing this activity, students
  • will recognize the diagnostic value of determining leukopenia or leukocytosis in a patient 
  • will recognize the diagnostic value in a WBC differential - the relative amount of each type of WBC 

Worksheet:  Fever

After completing this worksheet, students will               
  • understand the physiological mechanism behind "fever"
Discussion/Notes/Worksheets:  Immunologic Memory

After completing these activities, students will
  • understand how the body maintains immunologic memory

Discussion/Notes/Worksheets:  Specific Immunity

After completing these activities, students will
  • know the roles of B-cells & T-cells 
  • understand how specific and nonspecific immune responses differ 
Apr 29, Tues, Day C
Apr 30, Wed, Day D