You Make Me Sick! Teacher Guide - Unit Introduction

Unit Introduction

Unit Introduction

Thank you for choosing Filament Games’ You Make Me Sick!, a game designed to teach students about bacteria and viruses and how they transmit diseases. In this game, students take on the role of a pathogen and customize its traits to infiltrate a variety of unique hosts.

This curriculum package includes two lessons and a written assessment to help you support your students while they play You Make Me Sick! Be sure to familiarize yourself with the game before your students play. A friendly tutorial walks players through the basic goals and provides tips and hints for successfully playing the game. The lessons extend the game-playing process through hands-on activities, discussions, and a written assessment. The lesson worksheets can be distributed as printable handouts or they can be projected on a whiteboard.

You Make Me Sick! Learning Objectives:

  • Investigate the characteristics of bacteria and viruses.
  • Investigate the ways in which bacteria and viruses spread disease.
  • Investigate ways in which the body defends itself against diseases.
  • Most important, enjoy You Make Me Sick! and have fun!


Common Core

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

    Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.

Benchmarks for Science Literacy

  • 6E/M3

    Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites may infect the human body and interfere with normal body functions. A person can catch a cold many times because there are many varieties of cold viruses that cause similar symptoms.
  • 6E/M4

    White blood cells engulf invaders or produce antibodies that attack them or mark them for killing by other white cells. The antibodies produced will remain and can fight off subsequent invaders of the same kind.
  • 6E/M6** (BSL)

    Specific kinds of germs cause specific diseases.
  • 6E/M7** (BSL)

    Vaccines induce the body to build immunity to a disease without actually causing the disease itself.