This is a Tier II activity designed to help students understand the life cycle of a virus. This makes a great intro or formative assessment. The basic concept was adapted from a virus handout.
Student Directions: Place a sheet of butcher paper over your desk. Select either a girl’s cape or a guy’s cape. Cut out each of the illustrations to create a graphic organizer demonstrating the life cycle of a virus. One virus will enter the cell, and replicate to produce three new viruses. Draw a large circle on your butcher paper to represent a cell. Students can work in pairs or groups of 3.
Capes- coat of the virus surrounding the genetic material. Gene People- Genetic material. Gates- Semi-permeable cell membrane Sewing Machine- New viral capes will be created (Protein Synthesis) Ambulance- Takethe genetic material to the hospital to be replicated (Replication) Coat Rack- Where the new viral capes will be placed Baby Bed- Where the new vital genes will be placed. Dressing Room- Where the capes and genetic material will be assembled.
Label the steps in your diagram: 1. Attachment, 2. Invasion, 3. Coat Removal, 4. Viral Genes Activated, 5a. Replication and 5b. Protein Synthesis, 6a. New Viral Genes and 6b. New Viral Coats Completed, 7. Assembly 8. New Viruses Released. (The cell will burst after step 8 in completed).
Draw arrows illustrating the sequence of events.
There are two types of coats (Capes)- kids can choose if they want a girl or boy style cape.