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Viruses & Virus Mutation

Author Information

  • Name: Megan Lott
  • Position and Institution: University of Georgia
  • Contact: meganejlott[at]
  • Year contributed: 2021


  • Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


Microorganisms are found almost everywhere on the planet. Microbes have evolved to live along the deep-sea floor, among soils and roots, and even inside you!

Most microbes in the environment are harmless or beneficial, but a small portion of microbes can cause disease. By understanding the biology of microbes, we may be better able to control the spread of disease.

In this lesson, we will learn more about viruses. Viruses are the smallest microbes! You cannot see them with your eyes alone. You will have to use a microscope!

In order to survive, a virus must infect a host cell. These host cells may be cells from humans, animals, plants, or other microbes.

In this lesson, students will learn about viruses, build a virus model, and play an interactive game to demonstrate how viruses mutate over time!


  • microbes
  • viruses
  • infection
  • mutation


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