Meet the Germs

A lesson introduces scholars to the scientist, Martinus Beijerinck, the person behind virus discovery. Learners research and complete a graphic organizer that showcases the differences between a virus and bacteria. Small groups share their findings. A discussion, writing assignment, or quiz checks for understanding.

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NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Review the scientific method before starting the lesson
  • During the discussion, recreate the graphic organizer and display it for pupils to reference during the following lesson
  • Invite class members to browse the website or play the game at home with their family
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of two lessons that examine viruses
  • The lesson takes two sessions, approximately 45 minutes long
  • When discussing vaccines, be sensitive to families who have strong beliefs
  • Celebrates the hard work humans have put into studying viruses
  • Offers one extension activity
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