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This reading and writing activity provides the student with reading passages and brief videos to watch that present the problems presented by chicken pox parties as well as the rationale provided by the parents that support these. 15 questions are included in this 6 page activity. An answer key is provided for this activity. Both the student handout and answer key are included in a zip file in both word and pdf format.
Instructional Learning Goals and Understandings Addressed
NY State Living Environment Core Curriculum
Performance Indicator 5.2 Explain disease as a failure of homeostasis.
5.2a Homeostasis in an organism is constantly threatened. Failure to respond effectively can result in disease or death.
5.2b Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other parasites may infect plants and animals and interfere with normal life functions.
5.2c The immune system protects against antigens associated with pathogenic organisms or foreign substances and some cancer cells.
5.2d Some white blood cells engulf invaders. Others produce antibodies that attack them or mark them for killing. Some specialized white blood cells will remain, able to fight off subsequent invaders of the same kind.
5.2e Vaccinations use weakened microbes (or parts of them) to stimulate the immune system to react. This reaction prepares the body to fight subsequent invasions by the same microbes.
NGSS Learning Standard
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
Common Core State Standards Connections:
RST.11-12.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.
WHST.9-12.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Much of the reading passage was modified from an article originally appearing on the website of KVUE-ABC. The link to the original site has unfortunately disappeared in cyberspace.
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