Often referred to as "germs" at a young age, we come to understand bacteria and viruses at a very young age. They are very small organisms. Bacteria are helpful as well as harmful. They help us digest foods and in the process make essential vitamins for us. There are only a handful of bacteria that cause us harm. There are bacteria that can help breakdown oil after large man made oil spills, helping other walks of life in the balance. There is also a running theory that bacteria produce half of the world’s oxygen. Viruses are many times smaller than bacteria. Viruses are tiny parasites. Naturally they are harmful, but scientists are finding ways to use them to help patients in gene therapy and other health related applications.
These worksheets look at the structure and function of viruses. They also look at structures within bacteria and how they reproduce. We also look at how certain bacteria cause disease.