Ch 2: Bacteria & Viruses Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Find kid-sized, yet informative and interesting lessons, lesson plan outlines and additional materials that will help you teach your students about viral and bacterial diseases. You can use these in class, for exam prep, or as homework assignments.

Bacterial & Viral Diseases Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The materials in this chapter will offer you helpful lesson plan outlines and additional resources that cover a wide variety of bacterial and viral diseases. The lessons are carefully researched, well-written and presented, and are designed to present comprehensive material in a short amount of time. You can use these resources to create:

  • Homework assignments on disease transmission and prevention
  • Student discussion topics on endemics and pandemics
  • Classroom assignments on African diseases and the structure and development of the Ebola virus
  • Kid-friendly lessons on communicable diseases

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on bacterial and viral diseases easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics you want to cover in your class on bacterial and viral diseases.
  • Formulate your class outline on bacterial and viral diseases using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related lessons for each lesson plan bacterial and viral diseases with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on bacterial and viral diseases.
  • Engage your students with relevant discussion questions or other materials related to bacterial and viral diseases found in the lesson plan outline.

40 Lessons in Chapter 2: Bacteria & Viruses Lesson Plans
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Virus Lesson Plan

1. Virus Lesson Plan

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.

What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function

2. What Are Viruses? - Definition, Structure & Function

In this lesson, you'll learn some historical facts about viruses and the material they are composed of. Find out more as we review the capsid, nucleic acids, the viral envelope, viruses, virions, bacteriophages and virology.

Virus Activities

3. Virus Activities

If you're looking for ways to make learning about viruses more tangible and meaningful for students, you've come to the right place. This lesson gives several ideas for interactive activities that teach students about viruses.

Virus Lesson Plan for Elementary School

4. Virus Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction on what a virus is, how it spreads, and how to keep viruses out of students' lives. A text lesson will provide the facts that students need to know before they participate in educational play and complete a project based on what they learned.

Viruses Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

5. Viruses Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

In this lesson, you will learn about the sneaky and sometimes deadly virus. Learn how viruses spread, what they do and how to avoid becoming their next host.

Microorganism Lesson Plan

6. Microorganism Lesson Plan

What are the different classifications of microorganisms? In this lesson, students learn about the different kinds of microorganisms and complete a group project highlighting the more common ones.

Microorganism: Definition, Types & Classification

7. Microorganism: Definition, Types & Classification

Microorganisms are tiny living things. There are so many microorganisms in the world. How do scientists classify and keep track of them all? Find out in this lesson!

Bacteria Lesson Plan

8. Bacteria Lesson Plan

Your students probably just think all bacteria are small, bad bugs. You can introduce your students to bacteria by watching and discussing a video lesson, having them research and present a bacteria, and giving them a quiz.

Good Bacteria Lesson Plan

9. Good Bacteria Lesson Plan

Bacteria are rarely thought of as being good until you learn about their many uses. Your students will learn to appreciate these microbes as they read and discuss a text lesson, complete a group research activity and take a quiz.

Good Bacteria for the Human Body: Types & Sources

10. Good Bacteria for the Human Body: Types & Sources

Bacteria are everywhere, and while we often think of them as harmful, this is not always true. In this lesson, you'll learn about some types that are actually beneficial to the human body.

Bacterial Biology Activities for High School

11. Bacterial Biology Activities for High School

Teaching about bacteria doesn't have to be a blah topic in your classroom. It can actually be hands on, while at the same time showing students why studying bacteria is important even beyond the classroom!

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Lesson Plan

12. Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Lesson Plan

Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a problem the medical community is fighting. Your students will learn why this fight is important as they learn more about antibiotic resistant bacteria by reading and discussing a text lesson and completing a group and class activity.

Bacteria Lesson Plan for Elementary School

13. Bacteria Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping elementary students learn about bacteria. Students will be able to discuss the process of making homemade yogurt using content-specific vocabulary.

Germs vs. Virus Lesson Plan

14. Germs vs. Virus Lesson Plan

What is the difference between a germ and a virus? In this lesson, students explore germs versus viruses and create a Venn Diagram to visually display similarities and differences between the two.

Germs vs. Viruses

15. Germs vs. Viruses

This lesson is going to go over two terms that are sometimes thought of as being the same when they're really not. You'll learn about the major difference between a germ and a virus.

Bacteria Activities & Games

16. Bacteria Activities & Games

This lesson arms you with several in-class and take-home activities and games students can engage in in order to learn about the general concepts related to bacteria and how they affect us.

Bacteria Activities for Kids

17. Bacteria Activities for Kids

Bacteria can provide an engaging topic for students. Use these activities to help students learn basic facts about bacteria, and also to learn about how bacteria has shaped human history.

Malaria Lesson Plan

18. Malaria Lesson Plan

Malaria may not be prevalent in the US, but your students should still learn about this disease. They will have an interesting learning experience as they watch a video, create malaria pamphlets and complete a worksheet.

What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

19. What is Malaria? - Causes, Transmission & Symptoms

Malaria is a devastating disease that impacts millions of people worldwide every year. In this lesson, we will explore the organism that causes malaria and the disease itself.

MRSA Lesson Plan

20. MRSA Lesson Plan

If your class is studying about diseases, check out this lesson plan on drug-resistant pathogens. Students will use art, drama, and music to create group projects about these pathogens and design brochures to educate the public about them.

Ebola Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Ebola Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

What is Ebola? - Lesson for Kids

22. What is Ebola? - Lesson for Kids

Viruses are invisible to the naked eye and are lurking everywhere! Some viruses are fatal and others go unnoticed. This lesson investigates the deadly Ebola virus. Let's take a look at how it spreads, where it exists, and how it is treated.

Ebola Lesson Plan

23. Ebola Lesson Plan

Ebola was one of the most recent health scares in the United States. This lesson plan explores the virus and symptoms. Students will participate in a reading assignment, discussion questions, a research activity and take a quiz.

Ebola Virus: Structure and Function

24. Ebola Virus: Structure and Function

Ebola is a virus that causes severe, often fatal disease. It is a filovirus, meaning it looks like a thread when viewed with an electron microscope. Various viral proteins help replicate the RNA genome and make new viral particles.

African Diseases Lesson Plan

25. African Diseases Lesson Plan

What are the most common diseases in the country of Africa? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts to students. An activity aimed at analysis provides a platform for students.

Common Diseases in Africa: Statistics & Types

26. Common Diseases in Africa: Statistics & Types

Disease is a major problem in Africa. In this lesson, we are going to explore some diseases with high infection and mortality rates, and see both what their impact is on African lives and how they can be prevented.

HIV Lesson Plan

27. HIV Lesson Plan

What do your students know about HIV? Text and video lessons provide key facts and a small group activity gives students a chance to discover more. Related lessons and extensions are included for ongoing instruction.

HIV & AIDS: History, Spread & Threat

28. HIV & AIDS: History, Spread & Threat

HIV/AIDS is one of the most dangerous threats in medical history. In this lesson we'll look at the origin and spread of this relatively young disease, and see what's being done to stop it.

HIV Lesson Plan for Middle School

29. HIV Lesson Plan for Middle School

What is HIV and how can it be prevented? This lesson plan uses two fact-filled text lessons to establish a knowledge base for students. An activity in which students design a program aimed at prevention challenges them to demonstrate what they've learned.

HIV: Symptoms & Diagnosis

30. HIV: Symptoms & Diagnosis

In this lesson, we'll review the symptoms and diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus infections, more commonly known as HIV. We'll also briefly discuss risk factors and testing in a patient education centered approach.

Causes and Transmission of HIV

31. Causes and Transmission of HIV

You have likely heard all kinds of information about HIV, but may still have questions about exactly how you get it. This lesson will describe how HIV is transmitted from person to person.

HIV Teaching Activities

32. HIV Teaching Activities

Teaching students about HIV is a tricky subject for teachers to navigate. In your teaching activities, you want to address misconceptions while giving students accurate knowledge so they can protect themselves.

HIV Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. HIV Lesson Plan for Elementary School

HIV can be a scary topic for many. With your help and this lesson plan, your students will learn what they need to know about HIV as they read and discuss a text lesson, create an HIV awareness hallway, make HIV pamphlets, and take a quiz.

HIV Definition & Facts: Lesson for Kids

34. HIV Definition & Facts: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that millions of people worldwide are affected by the HIV virus? Come and learn about this disease, focusing on what HIV is, how you get it, where it's found around the world and what life is like living with HIV.

Bird Flu Lesson Plan

35. Bird Flu Lesson Plan

What is the bird flu and how can it be prevented? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about this virus. An activity addresses education and prevention in a creative manner.

Avian Influenza: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

36. Avian Influenza: Definition, Symptoms & Causes

This lesson is going to define and then cover the signs, symptoms, and causes of avian influenza. You'll learn which type of microorganism causes the flu and some of the mundane or horrible things it can cause.

Mold Lesson Plan for Elementary School

37. Mold Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about mold with this inquiry science lesson plan. Students will act as scientists to answer the question 'What is mold?' using our video lesson as a guide and following the scientific method to find answers and draw conclusions.

Bacterial Colony Lesson Plan

38. Bacterial Colony Lesson Plan

There are many characteristics of bacterial colonies. Your students will learn about bacteria colonies as they watch a video, view and draw bacterial colonies and take a quiz.

Influenza Lesson Plan

39. Influenza Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students understand the influenza virus. Students will read a text lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Common Cold Lesson Plan

40. Common Cold Lesson Plan

Consider using this lesson to help students understand the structure and function of the common cold virus. A drawing activity, discussion questions, and a simulation about the spread of the cold virus are included in this lesson.

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