Where Did Viruses Come From?

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When did things start going viral? Travel back through eons of history and learn about the origins of viruses. Part of a larger series, the lesson discusses what scientists already know and how they study viruses. The video also details current theories for unanswered questions and explains the importance of multiple disciplines working together.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add new vocabulary such as paleovirology (which isn't covered in most textbooksto science journals 
Classroom Considerations

  • Video content ends at 7:30, and the remaining portion is an ad
  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, RNA, and evolution
Pros

  • Provides subtitles in English for ease of note taking
  • Explains complex concepts well without overwhelming viewers with too many details
  • Fast paced to maintain attention
Cons

  • None