In this lesson students will compare and contrast bacteria and virus.
Article on Bacteria
Article on Viruses
Rubric to score the compare/contrast lesson
Extension activity: direct analogy
Students will be divided into groups: bacteria and virus
Students will individually read the article they have been assigned (included), and complete the corresponding portion of the graphic organizer (included).
Students will meet as a group with other students who were assigned the same topic. Together, they will come to agreement and change their individual graphic organizers as needed.
Students in each group will swap their graphic organizers with the students in the other group.
The bacteria group now has the graphic organizers completed by the virus group.
The virus group now has the graphic organizers completed by the bacteria group.
Using these graphic organizers, the students group will prepare a presentation to demonstrate their understanding of the NEW topic. For example, Student One was initially in the bacteria group and completed the graphic organizer after reading the corresponding article. Now, Student One has the graphic organizer about viruses completed by someone in the other group. Together, with other “once-were-bacteria, now are virus” students, they will create a product/presentation to demonstrate their understanding of viruses.
Ideas for products/presentations include: write and preform a rap, write and perform a short play, etc.
As an extension, students can personify themselves as either bacteria or virus and write about a “day in the life of ….” Another idea is to have them write a direct analogy. (included) “You are a virus/bacteria. You cannot find a human to infect. How do you feel? Where are you? What are your prospects for survival?”