Influenza 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.

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What our Influenza lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Influenza 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. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, the only other supplies you will need in addition to the handouts are colored pencils, poster or construction paper, and various sources for images.

Options for Lesson

The classroom procedure page contains an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for additional activities or other tasks to incorporate. One suggestion is to add an activity in which students create posters with ideas on how to prevent the flu that encourage others to be safe. Another idea is to invite a doctor or other medical professional to speak to the class about the flu and its different types. You could also assign students to research flu pandemics throughout history and present what they find with the class. Students could write stories from the perspective of a flu virus as it spreads from person to person. One more idea is to have students list things they can do at home when they have influenza.

Teacher Notes

This page provides an extra bit of information on what to expect from the lesson or guidance on how to go about it. The paragraph suggests you use a variety of sources from organizations like the CDC to educate students as much as possible on the topic. It also mentions that you could teach this lesson in conjunction with others about germs or other health-related topics. Use the blank lines on this page to write down ideas you have as you prepare the lesson for your class.


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.


The Influenza lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help solidify students’ grasp of the lesson material and help them demonstrate what they learned. Use the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet to your students.


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.

Worksheet Answer Keys

The final pages of the document are answer keys for the practice and homework worksheets. The correct responses are in red to make it easy to compare them to students’ answers. For the most part, students’ work should match the answer keys, but there may be some variation on certain questions because of the nature of those questions. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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.

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