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Naming a Virus - Skill-Builder

This Skill-Builder makes every game of Pandemic© more personal and engaging so students become fully immersed in the gaming experience.

Students create viruses for the board game Pandemic©. Before the game begins, students must name and draw the viruses, assign symptoms, explain how it spreads from person-to-person, and explore how it can be cured. Students are encouraged to be creative and have fun.

** Requires the board game Pandemic© to fully implement.

Skills & Subjects

Students will discover the following Skills and Subjects while completing this Game Schooler product.

  • Creativity Creativity
  • Writing Writing
  • Time Management Time Management
  • Communication Communication
  • Creative Writing Creative Writing
  • Biology Biology
  • Art Art
Required Game

Note: This Game Schooler product requires the following game to fully implement


From designer Matt Leacock, Pandemic is a cooperative game of teamwork for two to four players. As members of an elite disease control team, you must keep four deadly diseases at bay. Work together as you travel the globe to treat infections while collecting the cards you need to discover a cure for each disease. But the clock is ticking as outbreaks and epidemics fuel the spreading plagues. As a cooperative game, players win or lose together. Only by working together can you keep the outbreaks in check and find the cures in time!

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This product is compatible with Pandemic by Z-Man Games/Asmodee. This is NOT an Official Z-Man Games/Asmodee product/project. This is a non-licensed product and all trademarks and copyrights are properties of their respective owners.
Additional Details
  • Age:Grades 4 to 7
  • Format:PDF
  • # of Pages:17
Table of Contents
  • 1. Table of Contents
  • 2. Introduction
  • a. Overview
  • b. Key Outcomes & Objectives
  • c. Subjects
  • d. Instructional Design
  • 3. Setup
  • a. Before You Begin
  • b. Materials
  • c. Learning the Game
  • 4. Project Guide
  • a. Implementation
  • b. Ideas & Helpful Hints
  • c. Conclusions
  • 5. Student Guide
  • a. Directions for the Student
  • 6. Gameplay Guide
  • a. Starting the Game
  • b. Special Notes
  • c. Finishing the Game
  • 7. Appendices
  • n1. Virus Log
  • b. Gamer Elements
  • c. Credits / Copyrights / Terms