Virus Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

We've all had one, but do we really know what a virus is? A video lesson provides students with essential information and an activity allows students to identify the structures. To take this lesson further, consider our included extras and related lessons.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'virus'
  • label the parts of a virus

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Assorted photocopies of images of viruses
  • Small foil stars in red, green, and gold

Curriculum Standards

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Key vocabulary

  • Virus
  • Virion
  • Capsis
  • Nucleic acids
  • Viral envelope

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