This is where students will read what a host is, how viruses infect, types of infections, and what exactly is an infection. The reading is technical, so there are guidelines given in ThinkLink to help sort through the most technical reading. General understanding is the goal. Each section is short. This is a GED activity.
|Have students take notes, on paper, while they read. This will
help students to sort out the main points of each section. Note
taking experience will help students in a job, in college, even
in the doctor's office. If students can learn to take notes that
pick out the main points of information, they will have a useful
tool in life. Discuss note taking and its value. Printing out
the student guide and the directions below would be helpful for
the student to have in hand while working on the site.
Discuss each section. Have groups report on each section. Challenge the students to choose the most amazing bit of information they read. Make a list of these facts on a poster and hang it on the wall. Have the students draw a picture of the most amazing fact. The response and involvement of the students is important.
These basic terms and concepts are used in the follow up movie, Outbreak. The term, host, will become real, in this movie. Understanding that viruses infect in different ways is real in this movie. The horror of a mutating virus will be more understandable, in the movie, after reading this section on Virus Basics. Viruses are truly awesome.
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