During this tutorial, students will read and click their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to illustrate/animate the basic traits of viruses and the stages of the lytic cycle in a unique and easy to follow manner.
Students will begin with an introduction to viruses where they will learn basic characteristics. They will then progress their way through the five stages of the lytic cycle where they will be asked a series of questions along the way to check for understanding. At the end, there is a 10 question review quiz for the students to complete.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 30 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this sure beats a 30 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged with viruses. This is not a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This PowerPoint is full of creative animations and probing questions that require a student answer in order to proceed. This is very much an interactive tutorial. There are 150 slides in this tutorial and it will take the students about 30-40 minutes to complete the worksheet as they read through the tutorial.
I use these interactive tutorials as a way to introduce or reinforce the topic in question. I have found these tutorials to be very helpful as they allow students to work at their own pace, go back to an early topic, or move forward. This tutorial was created with a newer version of Microsoft PowerPoint, but I have also included a version that is compatible with older PowerPoint programs as well. Since this is a PowerPoint, you don't have to worry about installing unfamiliar software such as Flash and Macromedia. If you do not have PowerPoint, Microsoft has a program called "PowerPoint viewer" that allows you to view a PowerPoint for free. You can download this program from Microsoft's website.
Once you download the $6 version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we go to the computer lab to work on this tutorial, I simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. I recollect the CDs when finished.
There are 6 files in this download:
1) Virus PowerPoint tutorial (newer version of PowerPoint)
2) Virus PowerPoint tutorial (1997-2003 PowerPoint)
3) Student worksheet (pdf)
4) Student worksheet (Word)
5) Answer key (Word)
6) Answer key (pdf)
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