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Viva Las Virus!
Nathan Hines
Applied Technologies, Language Arts, Science

Unit created on 8/11/1999 EST.
Last modified 11/12/1999 4:01:06 PM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

At the completion of the unit, students will have a solid understanding of the life cycle and reproduction (replication) of viruses. Students will also use their research skills on the web to learn more about viruses. The following website is used in my class: http://www.homeworkcentral.com/files.htp?fileid=35695&use=hc Students will use their creativity and language arts skills to apply knowledge of the virus life cycle to write the lyrics to the song "Victim of a Virus" (see handout). Finally, students will apply art methods to design their own CD cover for their album. This will be done using a publishing program, such as Pagemaker or Print Shop (even Kid Pix can be used, for the younger audiences)

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Research Tools Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity. Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications, communications, and productivity.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

Standard 1 Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators: 1.recognizes the need for information: 2.recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making; 3.formulates questions based on information needs; 4.identifies a variety of potential sources of information; 5.develops and uses successful strategies for locating information.

Relevance (help)

The relevance of the learning contained within will be when students grasp a greater understanding of disease(virus) transmission and replication. Such pertinent diseases would be AIDS/HIV, influenza and herpes, along with other important viruses. Students who internalize this learning will be better equipped to deal with such societal issues as Sexually Tranmitted Diseases and the importance of proper precautions against STD's and other viruses.

Assessment (help)

The projects themselves will be the assesment used. Students who are successful at research will be able to write lyrics for the song, and the album cover will demonstrate the students' ability/proficiency to manipulate the computer program to create the album cover.

Components (help)

1. Internet Research - this component will strengthen the students ability to follow directions, as well as put literacy to the test. Students will also employ a practical use of technology. 2. Songwriting - students will utilize their vocabulary and rhyming skills in creating original lyrics to their song. This practice will force students to apply the knowledge they have recently gained as a result of their online research. 3. Album Cover Design - students will utilize artistic skills and creative individuality while diagramming the parts of a virus. Students will hone computer graphic/desktop publishing skills in the process of creation. Reinforcement of the core topic will also continue as they must constantly refer to their learning of the virus.

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Workforce Competencies (info) (help)

INFORMATION MANAGERS (3.1) Students locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, maintain, and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment. EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS (3.2) Students communicate in English and other languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computer-based programs. COOPERATIVE WORKERS (3.8) Students work cooperatively to successfully complete a project or activity.

Viva Las Virus - Pt 3
Viva Las Virus - Pt 1
Viva Las Virus - Pt 2

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Career Connection to Teaching with Technology
USDOE Technology Innovation Challenge Grant
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