Catch Me if You Can, or Maybe Not: The Love Story of Bacteria and a Viruses


Communicable diseases are those diseases that spread from one person to another. Bacteria and viruses are a source of communicable or infectious diseases; therefore it is imperative that students recognize and control infectious diseases.


There are four lessons in this project. In lesson one, students will acquire the knowledge of the similarities and differences of bacteria and viruses. Lesson four will conclude with a culminating project which enables students to engage with stakeholders in the community to either stop or continue the love story of, "bacteria and viruses".

The purpose of this first lesson is to introduce and present information to students about the differences of the communicable bugs, “bacteria and viruses". Students will utilize this information to further extend their knowledge in preventing infections. The culminating project will consist of students going out into the community and demonstrating the first defense of infection, which is hand washing, and other aspects of personal care to prevent infections.

Lesson Times

HOOK (rubber chicken and blacklight demonstration
10-15 Minutes
Reflective paper on Bacteria verses Viruses video
15-20 Minutes
Pair and Share
30 Minutes
Collective Work (presentations)
55-110 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Patient Care
    • Healthcare Operational Support Services
    • Public and Community Health
K-12 Subjects
  • Physical / Health Education
Grade Levels
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California English Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • The student will be able to define, compare and contrast bacteria and viruses.
  • The student will be able to list conditons affecting the growth of bacteria.
  • The student will be able to list ways that microorganisms and viruses cause diseases.
  • The student will be able to list some of the standard precautions to prevent infections.

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