This lesson is designed to be an introduction to bacteria and viruses. Students will learn about bacterial and viral structures, examples of bacteria and viruses, diseases they cause, medicines used to treat and/or prevent infections, reproduction, ways they are classified, and why viruses are not living organisms. After conducting research on these topics, students will complete a VENN diagram to compare and contrast bacteria and viruses.
This lesson is unique in that it is easily customizable to student skill level, and also incorporates the use of technology through QR codes and tablets or student cell phones. Students research the information themselves in groups. It is a nice change from note-taking and, I believe, finding information for themselves helps students retain it longer. Students must collaborate, and be sure every group member can explain the placement of cards on the VENN diagram to the teacher. Nothing is turned in to be graded later, all assessment is formative and completed during the class period.
I hope this lesson works as well for you as it did for me. Best wishes and Teach True!