ALEX Lesson Plan


Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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Author:Connie Schultz
System: Shelby County
School: Vincent Middle High School
The event this resource created for:GEMS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 23981


Invasion of the Body Snatchers


In this WebQuest, sudents will be working in cooperative learning groups to research bacteria, viruses, and the immune system via the Internet. Students will be taking notes and answering questions to show the teacher for approval. Students will solve for a specific disease from their research.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Computer Applications
11 ) Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.

Local/National Standards:

National Academy of Science NS.9-12.1 SCIENCE AS INQUIRY As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry • Understandings about scientific inquiry NS.9-12.3 LIFE SCIENCE As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of • The cell • Molecular basis of heredity • Biological evolution • Interdependence of organisms • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems • Behavior of organisms NS.9-12.5 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop • Abilities of technological design • Understandings about science and technology

Primary Learning Objective(s):

This WebQuest allows students to research procaryotic organisms. The student will also look at characteristics of viruses. Students will be able to identify the organism causing a disease based on their research.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will work as cooperative learning teams to learn about bacteria, viruses, and the Immune System. Students will present information to the teacher to move through a series of steps to diagnose a disease.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

Greater than 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Paper, pencil

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer, Internet access


Students should be familiar with the cell. It would be useful if they had some knowledge of bacteria, viruses, and the Immune System.


Students will learn about bacteria, viruses, and the Immune System by using designated web sites found in a WebQuest.

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Assessment Strategies

Please refer to rubric attached to the WebQuest


Students could create their own WebQuest by going to: The following list provides follow-up activities to further complete your understanding of antigen-antibody reactions and the immune response: • Explain how blood types are important in transfusions • Explain how the body is protected by the specific and non-specific immune response • Write a paragraph on the purpose of memory cells • Research diseases in which the immune system malfunctions such as: AIDS, Lupus, and Rheumatoid arthritis. Students could follow-up this activity with a lab that allows them to solve the starting cause of an epidemic. This can be found on:


Students could visit a virtual Microbe Zoo. This can be found at the follosing website:

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.