The coronavirus pandemic has raised many questions about viruses and infections, and the best methods to prevent their spread. Your students, now more than ever, may be having concerns and questions about the “invisible” world of microorganisms that surrounds them everyday.  As an educator, you can make this a teachable moment by using the lesson below on the topic of Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi. Build understanding as to what a virus is and how it spreads. Help students in grades 3-8 understand the difference between a virus and bacteria. 

1. Share the video: Viruses Bacteria, Protists and Fungi

2. Read about it! Viruses, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi

  • Download the lesson
  • Complete the reading checks to ensure comprehension.
  • Complete the activities in the Math Toolbox: Viral Epidemic

3. Take action!

You and your students may be wondering what you can do to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Visit the CDC website for helpful information and guidelines today.

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Michael Comer

Michael Comer

STEM Author

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