VIRUSES lesson 6: Inside a Cell

This lesson might seem like a step backwards.  Right in the middle of our study of viruses, we have an entire lesson just on cells.  Why?  Because virologists need to know a lot about cells.  In fact, virologists are also cell biologists.  We’ll use this information about cells a little bit in lesson 7, then a lot in lesson 8.

In this lesson we’ll do a general overview of cell parts and use cartoon pictures to represent some of the tools and structures found in cells.  (For those of you familiar with cell biology, you will notice that I have omitted some parts, such as the centrosome and the peroxisomes.  The point of this lesson is not to completely cover the topic of cell biology, but just to review the cell parts that will play the largest roles in viral infections.)

If you would like to take the time to read more about how cells work, consider reading my book on cells:  Link to book

I also have a complete video e-course (like this one) on cell biology.  For more info, click here.


NOTE:  I don’t use colored pencils in my drawing lecture, but you are welcome to add color to your own drawings.

Here is the template page you need:

Template for Virus lesson 6

Here is the info page that goes with the drawing:

Info page for Virus lesson 6

If you need to see the final drawing, here is the one I did on camera:

Virus lesson 6 sample of final drawing



Activity 6.1:  Another online matching game

Match words to pictures.  (A game I made.)


Activity 6.2:  An activity to do after watching the video below on protein synthesis


Activity 6.3:  Optional: An online interactive quiz game about cell parts




The Amoeba Sisters explain the difference between DNA and RNA:


The Amoeba Sisters explain “translation” and “transcription”:





Ready to take the quiz?

NOTE:  The quiz is only on the drawing lesson and does not have any questions about the supplemental videos.

If you can’t access the quiz for some reason, here is a pdf copy you can use.  Virus lesson 6 quiz

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