Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Viruses, and supports the standard of constructing an explanation for real-world phenomena. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to list ways to prevent spreading illness, like hand washing and social distancing when sick. Ask students:

  • What do you think makes people sick?   

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

  • Read the description on the Viruses topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the two articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Assign Viruses Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about viruses while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Imagine you are a virus looking for a host. Produce an advertisement that answers the question: Why do viruses need a host?
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map sequencing the events that occur when a virus enters a host. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game where players determine whether or not information about viruses is evidence they’re alive.

More to Explore

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of viruses and other illnesses with these topics: Immune System, Flu and Flu Vaccine, and Vaccines

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