With the extraordinary circumstances surrounding our world today, the significance of diseases and our immune system becomes increasingly interesting. These free resources for learning about diseases and the immune system will help your child’s understanding behind the precautions around staying healthy.
Relationship between our immune system and diseases.
I was always interested in the relationship between our immunity and building antibodies with the diseases we may be exposed to.
In the U.S. Navy, I once ran a one-person (me) Immunization Clinic. I knew that the vaccines I had to give people had live viruses, making people immune to the disease they were trying to prevent
It all was fascinating to me.
Then I hear that letting kids get dirty and be in the dirt exposes them to germs that help build their immune system.
Flu shots are new every year because people build immunity to them, so every year needs a new “mixture.”
So, is this all true?
What parts of this do we need to teach our kids? What should our kids know about diseases and our immune system?
Here are a few basics about our immune system and diseases that our kids should know at the very least:
The immune system helps protect us against diseases that are caused by pathogens. These pathogens are what we know as parasites, bacteria, and viruses.
Organs, cells, and tissues all work together to fight and destroy the pathogens.
Your body’s main organs that have to do with the immune system include the lymph nodes, the thymus, bone marrow, and spleen.
We have disease-fighting cells that are house din our immune system throughout our bodies just waiting to be called upon to fight their battle.
Antibodies are proteins produced that trigger an immune response by antigens. These antibodies are specifically designed to attack the ”bad” cells and ignore the good ones.
Our immune system is pretty amazing. It adapts to new infections. Whenever our bodies are exposed to a new disease, the immune system learns how to fight it.
The next time that disease comes around, our bodies are ready and produce antibodies to prevent infection. This can be done naturally or with vaccines.
Not all infections are diseases because some infections don’t affect the person or make them sick.
Over 160,000 people die in the United States of infectious diseases each year – this is aside from what’s going on in our world right now.
Grab these free resources for learning about diseases and the immune system to go alongside your lessons:
FREE Fighting Sickness Tips and Checklist
*FREE Printables and Resources Louis Pasteur
FREE Immune System & Lymphatic System, Science Distance Learning 5th 6th Grade | Promoting Success
Diseases Unit Homework, Virus, Bacteria (FREE) | Science from Murf LLC
Infectious Diseases FREE Unit Flash Cards, Virus, Bacteria, Parasites | Science from Murf LLC
Immune System (FREE Printable) | Mixing Playdough
FREE Immune System-Free PowerPoint-More Advanced Note-Taking PPT | Express Biology
How Your Immune System Works – NOW FREE | The Hippocampus
Life Science Immune System FREE PDF Project | iCreate to Educate
The Immune System and Infectious Diseases FREE PDF | The Learning Shop Resources
Immune System FREE PDF: Pathogens and Defense Mechanism
Biology Crash Course – Immune System, Lymphatic, Diseases/ Study Notes & Test | The Learning Shop Resources
Immune System FREE Worksheet | The Learning Shop Resources
How to Boost your Immune System FREE PPT | Robbie’s Dynamic English Lessons
Immune System FREE Word Search | PROJECT science
Biology for Kids Immune System FREE Info and Quiz | Ducksters
Immune System FREE Worksheets | Learny Kids
All About the Immune System FREE Resources | Teacher Planet
Immune System Facts & FREE PDF Worksheets | KidsKonnect
Natural Immune System – FREE Printables | Under Cover Hippy Bus
Immune System Reading FREE Worksheet (With Subscription) | All Kids
Health and Wellness – Preventing Illness and Disease FREEBIE | Teaching With a Touch of Honey
Additional resources all about the immune system and diseases:
5 Herbs to Help Boost Your Immune System | Kitchen Stewardship
10 Ways to Improve Your Overall Immunity | Diseases Free Life
Immune System, Part 1: Crash Course Video A&P #45 | CrashCourse
*Immune System, Part 2: Crash Course Video A&P #46 | CrashCourse
Immune System, Part 3: Crash Course Video A&P #47 | CrashCourse
Battle of the Immune System! | Solagratiamom
My Body: The Immune System | Every Star is Different
How Your Immune System Works | Nemours KidsHealth
Human Immune System for kids – Body Defense Mechanism ( Biology ) | makemegenius
Kids Prevent a Pan-demic in this FREE Escape Room | Life with Moore Babies
Human Body Notebooking Research Journals Series (Diseases that Attack Body Systems)
Why teach our kids about the immune system and diseases?
We must teach our children about diseases and our immune system right now. There is a lot of fear going on in our communities right now.
Kids should know that God created us with an intricate system that helps us fight diseases and illnesses. He also provided ways for us to help combat these illnesses and diseases with how we take care of our health.
Little things as simple as proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, and developing healthy habits can help us all build a strong immune system.
These free resources for learning about diseases and the immune system can help provide ease and understanding for our kids amid the uneasiness in our world today.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!