Life Science - COVID-19: Virus life circle

In this MEL Academy lesson your children will:

  • Learn the nature of viruses
  • Learn how viruses replicate
  • Build their own viral model of Covid-19

Lesson time

5:00am   PST (San Francisco, Seattle, ...)
6:00am   MST (Phoenix, Denver, ...)
7:00am   CST (Chicago, Houston, ...)
8:00am   EST (New York, Toronto, ...)
1:00pm   GMT (London, ...)

Lesson duration: 45-55 minutes.

Prepare in advance

In this lesson, we will conduct several DIY experiments. Prepare in advance household materials shown below.

DIY Materials

  paper in 4 colors
  clear tape
  orange peel
  (optional) printed model of Covid-19

COVID-19 paper model

Please, download, print and cut out this paper COVID-19 paper model in advance.


Please, download and print this worksheet in advance. You’ll need to refer to it during the lesson.


This lesson is presented by Daniel Sullivan:

Daniel Sullivan

Daniel Sullivan is a hugely enthusiastic and experienced ex-head of science with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is now running a science teacher training company and is looking forward to engaging with students once again.