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Grade 6-8

Relationships in Our Environment: Viruses and Bacteria

by Payton M. | Science

5 Lessons 9:14
  1. 1. Intro 1:01
  2. 2. Bacteria 3:13
  3. 3. Viruses 2:19
  4. 4. Interspecific competition 2:11
  5. 5. Myspecies project, part 4 0:30

Grade 6-8


NGSS Standards

About the course

Examine some of the most nasty parasites of all, those that cause illness. Delineate between viruses and bacteria, study how each is kept at bay, and discuss what facets of a parasite make it most likely to survive and propagate.

It's a competitive place out there! Follow Payton in determining the relationships of predators and prey, and everything in between.


Myspecies Social Network, Part 4

Course overview



Students will be introduced to the idea of viruses and bacteria as parasites which cause illness



Students will learn what distinguishes a bacteria from a virus, and learn the history of antibiotic treatment



Students will learn what a virus is, and what illnesses they cause


Interspecific competition

Students will learn about virulence and transmissibility, considering from a parasite’s perspective which is most effective to maximize


Myspecies project, part 4

We’ll finish up our myspecies project by visually connecting all our pages.

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  • Bacteria
  • Ecosystem
  • Parasite
  • Propagation
  • Virus

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Payton is a composer and orchestrator who recently graduated with High Honors in music from Wesleyan University. His passion for environmental advocacy, education, and activism is spurred by a love of nature and burning hate for climate change denialism.

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