This web quest takes students on a fascinating journey to discover how mRNA Vaccines are made in months instead of years, and how they stimulate an immune system response to protect against sickness and infection.
This product includes a PDF version and a digital Google Slide Version that can be assigned individually, as a small or whole group activity or as an emergency substitute activity.
This web quest bundle makes a great activity to introduce the topics of viruses, how vaccines are made, and the body’s immune response. It also is perfect for an emergency sub lesson! I’ve included a variety of engaging video and website resources from: Ask a Biologist, Cells Alive, Amoeba Sisters, CDC, Live Science, and more. – Answer Keys Included!
Mystery Virus: Epidemic Epidemiology Case Study Simulation
How Vaccines are Made (Including COVID-19 vaccines)
This activity can be assigned to students via Google Classroom or other digital learning platform, a PDF file can be emailed to student, or a hard copy can be printed and given to students.
What is a virus?
Parts of a typical virus: capsid, RNA/DNA, receptors
Structure of covid-19 Virus
How is covid-19 transmitted?
Prevention of covid-19 infection and treatment
How big is a virus?
Types of Viruses: rhinoviruses, coronaviruses, influenza, RSV, HIPVs, adenoviruses,
Diseases caused by viruses: cold, flu, covid-19, bronchitis, pneumonia, MERS,SARS
3 Components of Modern Cell Theory
Structure of a Bacteriophage: capsid, collar, sheath, base plate, tail fiber
Lytic Virus Life Cycle
Lysogenic Virus Life Cycle
Immune Systems Response to Infection: leukocytes, Helper T Cells
Symptoms and Treatment for Virus Infections
What is the difference between Epidemic and Pandemic?
How are vaccines made? (traditional & Platform Vaccine Technologies
Vaccine Rapid Response Platforms
Moderna Nucleic Acid Vaccine Platform
Rehydration of Vaccines
Genetic Sequencing of Viral DNA
Vaccine Rapid Response Platforms
Epidemiology Case Study Simulation – students take on the role of a Public Health Director and work with a virtual expert epidemiologist to identify the cause of a respiratory virus outbreak and recommend a course of action to prevent an epidemic.
This highly engaging online simulation asks students to take on the role of a Public Health Director to determine the cause of a recent mystery killer virus epidemic outbreak at a local High School and Senior Center.
In their role as Public Health Director, students are guided by an expert epidemiologist through the entire case study simulation which consists of:
Studying medical reports and determining which ones to follow-up on
Collecting information and identifying patterns of infection from patients
Using the Scientific Method, develop & test a hypothesis to explain the outbreak.
Evaluate epidemiological testing to determine what pathogen is causing the disease.
Use epidemiology methods to determine the source and how the pathogen spreads.
Make a recommendation on which patients should be isolated and quarantined.
Distance Learning: This simulation case study is appropriate for independent student work and should require minimal or no additional instructions from the teacher, The online simulation takes the student thru the entire process, step-by-step, with clear and concise directions from a virtual “expert epidemiologist”.
Topics Covered: Scientific Method, Epidemiologist, Epidemic, Obtaining Medical records to confirm illness symptoms, Mapping locations of confirmed cases, Establish timelines and travel histories, Developing Hypothesis for what is causing illnesses and how it is spreading, Viral or Bacterial Culture, Blood Cultures, Rapid PCR Test, Blood Test for Antibodies, Case-Definition, Case-Control Study, Longitudinal Study, Analytic Epidemiology, Odds-Ratio
Common Human Corona Viruses typically cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory illnesses like the common cold or pneumonia or bronchitis in more severe cases. Most people will catch a coronavirus at some point in their lives and these sicknesses typically last a few days. More severe types of the virus include SARS and MERS can lead to death. Symptoms include: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and fever.
This complete mini-lesson includes a worksheet that explains what a Coronavirus is, has a color-coded diagram of a typical Corona Virus, explains symptoms of someone infected with a Corona Virus, and explains how someone can reduce the risk of becoming infected as well as how to treat a common Corona Virus infection. Included in this mini-lesson is a cloze reading activity with an answer sheet, and an exit ticket for a quick formative assessment.
Included in this complete No-Prep Lesson!
Teacher Lesson Guide
Interactive Notebook Vocabulary Cut and Paste Graphic Organizer
10 Question MC Quiz
KWL Chart Activity
Google Slide presentation with student fill-in-the-blank notes
Google Slide Presentation – Peardeck Version (added 12/13/20)
CLOZE Reading Activity with color-coded Coronavirus Illustration
Optional 2nd CLOZE Reading Activity
Exit Ticket for a quick formative assessment
Answer Keys for all handouts and activities!
Google Slide Presentation with Student Fill-in-the-Blank Notes & Answer Key
Slide 2 – Explains what a Coronavirus is
Slide 3 – Explains the typical Coronavirus Structure
Slide 4 – Explains the life cycle of a Coronavirus
Slide 5 – Explains the common symptoms of a Coronavirus infection
Slide 6 – Explains how the typical Coronavirus is spread
Slide 7 – Explains how to protect yourself from a Coronavirus infection
Slide 8 – Explains how to treat a Coronavirus infection
What a virus is
Examples of Coronaviruses: SARS,MERS, COVID-19
Symptoms of a Coronavirus infection
Treatment of a Coronavirus infection
Prevention of a Coronavirus infection
How a human body cell is infected by a Coronavirus
included in your purchase are Google Doc & Google Slide versions of all of the above handouts, a google form CLOZE Reading Quiz, a google form Exit Ticket, and a google form 10 Question MC Quiz! All 3 of these assessments are auto-grading so you can import grades with the click of a mouse!
Peardeck version of Google Slide Presentation is included in the Digital Version! Peardeck turns a boring slide presentation into an engaging interactive lesson. Monitor students responses from the Peardeck Teacher Dashboard while you are presenting the lesson or you can make the Peardeck Student self-paced and students complete the Peardeck independently. Teachers can review student responses real-time or later from the Peardeck website.