Influenza 1918, a film from the PBS series American Experience, includes articles, a timeline, and a Teacher's Guide. Secrets of the Dead: Killer Flu takes the science further, exploring the origins and evolution of the influenza virus and the quest for an effective vaccine.
Spillover: Zika, Ebola, and Beyond is a fascinating collection exploring viral diseases that "spill over" from animals to humans. It begins with "What Are Viruses?" and moves through origins, transmission, epidemic, and contact tracing. For middle school and up.
COVID-19: Several resources, with accompanying teacher support materials, are designed to help you explain the coronavirus pandemic.
Meet the Germs, a standards-aligned complete lesson plan for grades 3-5, investigates the difference between viruses and bacteria.
Germs and The Body is an upper-elementary lesson designed to illustrate where germs exist, how they can get into and affect the body, and how the body defends itself against them.
Arizona State University has some great classrooms resources for upper-elementary teachers. Let the Germs Begin and Puzzling Pathogens are engaging, student-friendly pages and the accompanying teacher's guide has a complete lesson plan, experiments, and slideshows.
At the same ASU site, check out Viruses and Viral Attack, a comic book story on the immune system. The accompanying teacher's guide has suggestions for using Viral Attack in the classroom.
Solve The Outbreak: In this epidemiology lesson, middle school students participate in simulations to model the spread of viral diseases in a population.
What's Really Bugging You? is a middle-school lesson that explores how viruses can infect the human body and compromise the immune system. Includes a laboratory activity illustrating the spread of a viral disease.
The Amoeba Sisters explain scientific concepts in a fun, entertaining way. Check out their animated videos on viruses and the immune system. For grades 5 and up.
The Exploratorium has a collection of engaging, hands-on classroom activities to help students learn about viruses. Included are: "What Does A Vaccine Do?" "How Does Soap Inactivate Viruses?" "How Do Viruses Reproduce?" and many more.