Ebola Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping elementary students learn about Ebola. Students will create visuals and explain the outbreak of this disease to others using content-specific vocabulary.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Ebola, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about Ebola.
  • Understand and use academic vocabulary related to Ebola.
  • Graphically represent Ebola outbreaks and educate others about unfounded fears.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.


  • Contagious
  • Contaminated
  • Ebola
  • Hosts
  • Microscopic
  • Outbreak
  • Parasite
  • Sterilize
  • Virus


  • Copies of the quiz
  • Copies of the lessons
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Access to print and internet sources

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before reading the lesson.
  • Read What is Ebola? - Lesson for Kids as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What are viruses?
    • Where is Ebola most often found?
    • How have Americans and Europeans contracted Ebola?
    • How do scientists think the first human contracted Ebola?
    • Where have outbreaks of Ebola occurred?
    • How is Ebola transmitted from person-to-person?
    • What are the symptoms of Ebola?
    • How long does it take for a person to show symptoms of Ebola once they contract the disease?
    • What are scientists doing to try to prevent future occurrences of Ebola?
    • How do doctors treat people with Ebola?
    • How do healthcare workers protect themselves when treating and researching Ebola?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

Ebola Education

Materials: paper, pencils, access to internet sources

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