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Smallpox 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.

This lesson focuses on examining the structure and replication of smallpox. This lesson provides strong emphasis on the replication processes of smallpox. The lesson provides several activities to engage all learning styles.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explain what smallpox is
  • Describe the structure of smallpox
  • Understand how smallpox replicates

Length of Lesson

1-2 hours

Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Vocabulary

  • Smallpox
  • Variola Virus
  • Envelope
  • Core
  • Intracellular mature virus (IMV)
  • Intracellular enveloped viruses (IEVs)
  • Cell-associated enveloped viruses (CEV)
  • External enveloped virus (EEV)
  • Endocytosis

Instructions

  • Begin class with some prompt questions for a group discussion, such as:
    • How many of you have had a vaccine?
    • What do you think vaccines do?
    • What are some vaccines you have had?
  • Explain that smallpox has been eradicated because of vaccines.
  • Pass out the Smallpox Virus: Structure and Functionworksheet.
  • Ask students to complete the worksheet as they read the Smallpox Virus: Structure and Function lesson.
  • Have students share their answers to the worksheet and discuss the following points:
    • What are the symptoms of smallpox?
    • How does smallpox replicate?
    • How dangerous was smallpox?
    • Does the virus still exist today?
  • Have students complete the Smallpox Virus: Structure and Function quiz.

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