Understanding Viruses

Can it Happen Again?



Created by
Phyllis Bartosiewicz


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Screen Capture. Spreadsheet. Phyllis Bartosiewicz. 2006

Activity Description

Viruses are microscopic, primitive structures that cause disease in animals and humans. Recently, scientists have been concerned about a bird flu virus that has crossed over to infect people, as well. In this unit, you will gain an understanding of how viruses work and what can be done to control their spread.




Activity Directions

1. Watch the video "Understanding: Viruses" from United Streaming, introducing the topic of viruses and their history. The entire video can be viewed, or selected segments.

2. Explore the PBS web site "Influenza 1918" and complete a scavenger hunt.

3. Conduct a Google search and read current stories of the Avian (bird) flu virus.

4. Access the World Health Organization web site to get the latest data for the number of people contracting the Avian flu and the number of related deaths.

5. Create a spreadsheet in Excel by copying and pasting the data, then make a column graph depicting the total number of deaths/year from the virus. Make predictions for the continued spread of the virus and identify measures that can be taken to control the spread of the virus.



Resources Required

 ResourceTypeRequirementsFile
1.PBS Influenza 1918Web SiteHardware:
PC
LCD Projection Device
Internet Access
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2.Google NewsWeb SiteHardware:
PC
LCD Projection Device
Internet Access
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3.World Health Organization Avian Flu PageWeb SiteHardware:
PC
LCD Projection Device
Internet Access
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4.Michigan Science StandardsHandout
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MI_Standards_Science.doc
5.Avian Flu Data_Feb 06Work SampleHardware:
PC
LCD Projection Device

Software:
Microsoft Office
Viruses_Feb06.xls
6.Understanding: VirusesVideo PresentationHardware:
PC
LCD Projection Device
Printer
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7.Influenza 1918 Scavenger HuntHandout
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Influenza.doc
8.Influenza 1918 KeyHandout
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Influenza_Key.doc



1 hour a day
for 4 days

Last updated: December 02 2005, 10:01 pm
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