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Asthma and Allergies

Asthma and Allergies

Introduction

This lesson will help you explore how disruptions to the body trigger asthma and allergies. It also explores the immune system, specifically its involvement in allergies and asthma.


Exploration

To begin, go to Allergies: Gillian's Story to learn more about allergies. As you read, consider these questions. You will discuss them in class:

  • What are some symptoms of allergies?
  • What are some things that people can be allergic to?
  • What are some ways to avoid severe allergic reactions?

Now go to Asthma: Samantha's Story to learn more about asthma. Consider these questions as you are reading. You will discuss them in class:

  • What are some symptoms of asthma?
  • What are some potential causes of asthma attacks?
  • What are some ways to treat asthma?

Before you continue with your study of asthma and allergies, take some time to learn more about the immune system by watching How the Body Works: The Immune System.

Your teacher also may have you take the Immune System Quiz.

To learn more about the immune system, allergies, and asthma, go to these websites and answer the accompanying questions on Part One of the Asthma and Allergies student sheet.

When you are finished with Part One, go to Asthma and Allergies: The Science Inside and complete Part Two of the student sheet.

Your task now is to create a brochure that explains your assigned health condition (allergies or asthma). Follow specific instructions from your teacher and be sure to include text as well as illustrations. You should address these issues in your brochure:

  • Description of the health condition, including an explanation of the immune system involvement/response
  • List of potential environmental causes/triggers
  • Ideas for how the health condition can be prevented/treated

You can use these resources to help you in your research:

Allergies

Asthma


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