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Product 14924

By: The Flinn Staff

With the Constructing Model Viruses Activity Kit for biology and life science, explore the biological niche of viruses by building models and investigating their biochemical make-up.

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Despite their role in common infections, viruses appear to be alien life forms, with cage-like, helical and spaceship-like shapes. Explore the biological niche of viruses by building model viruses and investigating their biochemical make-up. Students construct two virus models using sturdy cardstock, one from each of the two main viral types, and relate the shape, structure and genome composition of viruses to their function. Using the information provided in the activity, they calculate the length of RNA or DNA in each virus and scale the genome proportionally to the size of the model. Inserting the model genome into the virus model completes the model and shows how simple, yet complex, a virus is.

Complete for 30 students to make both types of viruses.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells