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Ebola -- The Plague Fighters

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(Gr. 4-8)
Here is an activity that can be used with NOVA's "Ebola: The Plague Fighters" program.

Materials for Each Student

  • paper towel tube
  • 6 pipe cleaners
  • clear plastic cup
  • beads
  • tape or glue
To help your students understand what viruses look like and how they reproduce, you can make models in the classroom. You can use the bacteriophage as a common virus and build one using simple materials. Collect the materials. The paper towel roll represents the body, pipe cleaners form the legs, a clear plastic cup makes a good head, beads placed inside the cup represent DNA or RNA, and tape or glue holds the pieces together. (Painting or decorating the parts is optional.) Have students assemble the parts. Then ask students to describe what each part represents and how the viruses reproduce.

Sent in by
Laura Petit
Saint Paul's Episcopal
New Orleans, LA


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