In this activity, students use a template to make a model of an adenovirus and investigate the different shapes of different viral diseases and the similarities and differences between viral families.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • create model of a virus
  • understand that different viruses have different shapes.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student handout.

Nature of science

Nature has a way of allowing different forms of living things to have different forms. This means different viruses may have different adaptations that allow them to invade a range of other organisms.

    Published 9 November 2008, Updated 21 November 2014