Computer Virus Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

As the world relies more heavily on technology each day, it is important to explore the various dangers present in the digital world. This lesson plan will explore several types of computer viruses and the impact they can have on the digital and real world. Included are several interactive activities to engage all styles of learners.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify and define three major types of computer viruses
  • Understand the impact viruses have on hardware and society
  • Recognize how to protect against viruses


1 to 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


  • computer virus (worm)
  • Trojan
  • botnets
  • scareware
  • pop-up blocker
  • firewall
  • anti-virus software
  • cyber security
  • malware
  • spam


  • Access to internet-enabled devices
  • Paper and/or presentation software
  • Virus scenarios
    • Example virus scenario: Kelly was on a new site looking for shoes. A pop-up said she could save an extra 10% just by clicking the banner, so she did. However, when she clicked the banner, her web browser was redirected to a new site. Each time she tried to leave, she was redirected to this same site. What type of virus is this and how can Kelly fix it?


  • Begin class with a discussion about how many of your students have experienced a virus. Guide the students to share how they felt, symptoms they had, and how they knew they had a virus.
  • Ask students if their computer has ever had a virus. Questions for discussion could include:
    • Do you know how your computer got the virus?
    • How could you tell your computer had a virus?
    • Do you know the name of the virus?
    • How was the computer's virus and your virus similar? Different?
    • What did you have to do to fix the computer?
  • Pass out the list of vocabulary words.
  • Explain to the students that they will need to write down definitions for the terms as they watch the video What is a Computer Virus? - Definition, Types & Protection.
  • After the video, discuss the vocabulary words as a class.
  • Instruct students to complete the lesson quiz worksheet.
  • When students have completed the worksheet, discuss and re-teach concepts as needed.

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