Viruses, Viroids, and Prions

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Are viruses living or non-living? According to the presentation, they are both and neither. Clearly, this requires clarification and an in-depth look at viruses, viroids, and prions. Young scientists learn about the history, structure, taxonomy, replication, and treatment of the intriguing biological topics. They complete a worksheet as they observe a presentation to understand the topic more completely.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a Venn diagram comparing viruses, viroids, and prions
  • Go into more detail on the importance of vaccinations to cure and eradicate viruses
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of living versus non-living, DNA, RNA, and vaccinations
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  • Provides an accompanying worksheet
  • Diagrams and photographs enhance the concepts

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