Why Teach About the Immune System? Find Out! Free Resources and Enter to Win a $250 Visa Gift Card

Why should you teach your students about the immune system and autoimmune diseases?

Aside from giving them informative nonfiction reading practice and opportunities for hands-on projects, many of your students and you will know someone who suffers from an autoimmune disease. Fifty million Americans have autoimmune diseases, and—you may want to sit down for this fact—researchers believe that the school environment may contain more triggers for autoimmune diseases than any other work environment.


Don’t worry. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) is reaching out to help make it easy for you to teach about the immune system and autoimmune diseases. At TheMailbox.com/aarda, you’ll find a free video that introduces autoimmunity along with free Common Core–activities for grades 3–4, 5–6, and 7–8; background for you; and background for you to share with parents. Plus sign up for the AARDA mailing list to get information about the latest free materials and advances in research, and you’ll be entered to win a $250 Visa gift card! Three runners-up will each win a $100 gift card. Don’t wait; the deadline to enter is December 31, 2014. Click here now!


Once you’ve printed out these great resources, you’ll need a place to keep them. Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, December 14, 2014, to tell me which autoimmune system fact was most surprising to you. One lucky teacher will win a set of 12 of these funky “Ribbon by the Yard” file folders. They’re letter size, reversible, have three tab locations, and will definitely add some pizzazz to your files! (Update: congratulations to Darlene, who is the winner of our prize.)


Enter now to for your chance to win a Visa gift card and to get your free resources! And don’t forget to post a comment for a chance to win the file folders!


5 thoughts on “Why Teach About the Immune System? Find Out! Free Resources and Enter to Win a $250 Visa Gift Card

  1. I have two autoimmune diseases. I have Celiac Disease and an overactive immune system. If I come into contact with an allergen, my system produces 5 times the amount of antibodies required to fight it; my system is in constant overdrive which is not good, so I am so thankful that there are materials to teach about autoimmune disorders.

  2. I also have Immune issues- Lupus and Arthritis.When I find my classroom , these notes will be valuable to explain why I do the things I do- limp, get tired easily then get energy back after a “rest”. We forget children see and don’t understand unless we explain the why.

  3. Wow I never knew how many women suffer with this. I am so glad that we can now teach tothe kiddos they need to know these things about our bodies

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