Students follow their infections to the next level. Building on what they learned in Teaming with Cells, students see how pathogens disrupt tissues, organs, and systems. They piece it together to understand how exactly pathogens make you sick.
Have students work in pairs or small groups. If you will follow up with the Pathogen Attacks! game be sure to assign pathogen/cell pairs so they are distributed among the class. You’ll need “experts” for each infection.
Paper Version: Give each pair or small group a set of Hijacked Teams! cards and matching symptom tags (one full page of tags per table of 6). Have students tape each symptom tag onto a section of text (not an image) that describes how a disrupted function is causing that symptom.
Online Version: Have students navigate to the Virtual Microscope and find the information for their pathogen.
Have students fill in the Hijacked Teams! Organizer with information about their pathogen infection. They’ll use this later, when they play Pathogen Attacks!
- Pathogens interrupt the normal function of particular cells.
- When cell function is disrupted, tissue function is disrupted.
- The symptoms of a disease or illness are a direct result of disrupted cell, tissue, and organ function.
Paper version: copies, scissors & tape
Online version: individual student computers
Student organizers from earlier activities may be useful
- Often it is the immune system that kills an infected cell. Why would it be bad for a pathogen to kill the cell? Why would an organism need to kill its own cells?
- What strategy or strategies does the pathogen use to spread to other individuals?
Have students draw arrows to show cause-and-effect relationships starting at the cell level, through tissues and organs, to symptoms.