1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will learn basic vocabulary related to viruses and participate in an activity to see how viruses spread
- Visual example of a virus
- one small cup per student
- 3 o.z. hydrogen peroxide
- medicine dropper
Background for Teachers
- Facts about Bird Flu
- Facts about 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Students will know the basic makeup of a virus.
- Students will know essential vocabulary related to viral disease.
- Students will describe how disease spreads.
- Begin with questions about what is a virus.
- Define virus as well as other vocabulary throughout discussion.
- Short discussion about bird flu and 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.
- Discuss how a virus is spread.
- Classroom demonstration as follows:
- Each student is given a numbered cup w/ 3o.z. of water. One cup contains hydrogen peroxide (make mental note of cup #)
- Instruct students to pair up and pour entire contents of student A's cup into student B's cup then pour 1/2 of contents back into student A's cup. Repeat twice emphasizing not to exchange with same student twice. Instruct students to write down who they exchange with.
- Teacher goes to each student and puts 2-3 cups of bleach in each cup. If it fizzles the cup is infected.
- Through open discussion see if students can trace who had the original "infected cup".
- Discuss basic ways to avoid catching and spreading viruses.
Strategies for Diverse Learners
The lesson is a combination of oral and hands on with the entire class participating
A table chart can be set up to help the students trace the original infected cup.
- Students will complete a vocabulary mix and match word sheet.
- Students will trace infection to original cup.