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Picturing mindfulness

By Maribel, 8th grade | July 2021 … When I hear the word “mindfulness,” I think of breathing out all my stressors. I think of being aware of them, and then being aware of how to approach them differently. And finally, I imagine taking a break from those stressors and becoming more aware of my […]

Focus on being you

By Brooklyn, 5th grade | June 2021 … People are going to come and go as you grow and learn.    You don’t have to behave like someone else wants you to, or you don’t always have to be friends with everyone else, and neither do they have to like you. Those are just a couple of […]

Stay focused

By Alana, 5th grade | June 2021 … What I learned during the school year is that you should mainly focus on your work and pay attention to school and not the things around you.   You should also turn in your work on time. That way you won’t have to do it later. You should […]

Advice for the future

| By Alex, 8th grade | June 2021 … You are going to receive a lot of advice about what to do with your life and how to be successful once you reach eighth grade. This is commonly someone else’s opinion of your life. This will happen throughout your life, most commonly after you graduate […]

Featured Kids Work

He works to get them out to the ball game

Editor’s note: DePaul Healthy Trailblazer Journal recently interviewed Kenny Johnson, community engagement manager for the Philadelphia Phillies, about his job, the pandemic, and the Phillies. His answers have been edited and shortened.  Q. What motivated you to work with baseball and the Phillies?  A. When I first started there, I was not much older than you. I was 17. […]

Tips for making friends and maintaining friendships

The staff of William Cramp Fit Flyer recently interviewed Ms. Cheifetz, William Cramp’s school counselor, about friendship. Responses have been edited and shortened.  Question: What’s most important in friendship?  Answer: I would say honesty, trust, and loyalty. Honesty is sometimes really, really hard. It means telling people things they don’t want to hear sometimes. If you’re not […]

Study hard, choose friends with care, and other advice for younger students

Editor’s note: On the cusp of graduation, eighth grade reporters offer some advice to the younger students at The DePaul Catholic School.  You are going to receive a lot of advice about what to do with your life and how to be successful once you reach eighth grade. This is commonly someone else’s opinion of […]

Malcolm Jenkins picked up a new hobby during the pandemic

By Jayvyn and Stephen, 5th grade | June 2021 … NFL football player Malcolm Jenkins said he learned photography during the pandemic.  “I think it’s been healthy for me,” he told us during a recent interview. “It’s a creative outlet for me, something I enjoy doing. And it helps me raise my mood, when, inevitably, […]

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Lessons you can use

Reporting Assignments

Get kids writing essays, creating illustrations, and doing more activities that can be contributed to the Making Sense of the Virus web page.

Spanish Flu: Learning from the past

Help students discover the history of the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 and share what they learn in writing or illustrations.

Yellow Fever: Learning from the past

Help students discover the history of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and share what they learn in writing or illustrations.

Grades K-2

Susie’s Song “The Journey of the Germ” Sid the Science Kid – The Jim Henson Company

Country song explaining how germs travel from person to person.

Sesame Street in Communities: Staying Healthy

Videos and activities explaining steps to staying healthy, handwashing videos and activities, and what to do when you are sick. Also provides a video about scary things entitled “Big Bird’s Nest.”

“Germs, Germs, Go Away” Daniel’s Tiger Neighborhood

PBS Learning Media video teaching children to stay healthy by washing their hands.

Grades 3-5

Biology for kids: Viruses

General overview of what a virus is. Includes a quiz.

Vaccine facts for kids

Interesting facts about vaccines.

KidsHealth.org

A health website for children, teens, parents, and teachers, created by Nemours Children’s Health System. Articles for children include “What are Germs”, “Why do I need to Wash My Hands”, “Flu”, “What’s a Fever”, and “Your Immune System”

The Ultimate Kid’s Guide to Coronavirus

Illustrated guide explaining what is a virus and what is the coronavirus. Discusses symptoms and what your role is in prevention.

Corona comic for kids

Based on a National Public Radio story where the reporter asked experts what children might want to know about the coronavirus. Read online or print a zine version of the comic providing an overview of coronavirus.

News for Kids: Coronavirus

Current news stories about COVID-19 written for children. Routinely updated.

Grades 6+

History of Vaccines website

College of Physicians of Philadelphia Spanish Influenza 1918 exhibit