The Vaccine Makers Project: Meet the Germs

Students learn about the differences between viruses and bacteria to understand that disease arises from different kinds of agents.

An illustrated reading passage about Martinus Beijerinck, a Dutch scientist who discovered viruses, introduces the idea that there is a human story behind scientific discovery. A lesson activity extends the learning around Beijerinck by having students identify the steps of the scientific method in his story of discovery.

Lesson Questions

  • What is a virus?
  • Who discovered viruses?
  • How did the scientific method lead to the discovery of viruses?
  • What are the differences between viruses and bacteria?

Science Topics
Biology, Health & Medicine, Microbiology
K-6, Educator
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
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