Influenza (The Flu)

Influenza (The Flu) introduces students to the flu virus. Students will learn about the various symptoms associated with the flu and ways to prevent getting sick. They will also discover that there are two types of flu and what characteristics relate to each one.

The “Options for Lesson” section offers several additional suggestions that you can use during or lesson. One suggestion is to have students create a poster that displays ways to prevent the flu. You might also want to invite a doctor or nurse in to speak to the class about influenza and different types of flu. Another option is to have students list activities and things to do at home if they are sick with the flu.

What our Influenza (The Flu) lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Influenza (The Flu) teaches students the basics regarding this certain virus. Students will learn about the various symptoms that signal the possibility of having the flu. They will also list the consequences of having the flu and explain ways to help prevent it. The worksheets and additional options for the lesson provide students a lot of opportunity to learn more and solidify their knowledge.

There are three pages of content. The lesson first describes some of the symptoms of the flu. Students will discover that the flu is a virus, which is a tiny organism so small that you can only see it with a powerful microscope. They will learn that the flu is a virus that affects the respiratory system. The common cold is similar in the sense that it affects breathing. However, the flu is usually much worse or more uncomfortable.

The lesson then describes the two types of flu virus and the symptoms that are most common. It describes how people contract the flu and the process it follows before it goes away. Finally, students will learn a few different ways to help prevent the flu. They will learn about the vaccine and about antibodies. They will also learn several tips, such as washing their hands, that will keep them safer from the virus.


Students must create an acrostic using the letters from the word “influenza.” They must use a word or statement for each letter that starts with that letter. They will add color and images either that they draw or find from other sources.


The practice worksheet divides into three sections. For the first part, students must answer whether each of 10 statements is true (T) or false (F). The next part requires them to write the number of each false statement and rewrite it to make it true. The final section requires them to decide whether each fact of eight matches Influenza A (A) or Influenza B (B).


There are two sections on the homework worksheet. The first section requires students to answer 10 questions related to the virus. The second section requires them to answer eight questions as yes or no.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.ELA.Reading.3.RI.4, 7,10, CSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, 3, 4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, 4, 7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.