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The benefits of a break

| By Jehiel, 8th grade| April 2021 … Something that I learned about myself is that I  need to take a break. The pandemic has taken a really hard mental toll on me. A lot of personal things happened because of it, and I was just sad a lot of the time. But my family helped me to […]

The things I’ve learned

| By Dion, 8th grade | April 2021 … I’ve learned a lot about myself this past year. I learned that I can draw, and that I draw pretty well. I can stay up late at night for a long period of time without going to sleep. Even though I know it’s not good for […]

What I wish I had known

|By Katelyn, 3rd grade| March 2021 … It was Thursday, March 12, 2020. Everybody at Gotwals Elementary School heard the announcement over the loudspeaker: “Good afternoon, Gotwals Elementary School students. Unfortunately, we all will be given a two-week vacation at home because of coronavirus. We will be cleaning the schools while you are at home.” People in my classroom were […]

Craving French fries

| By Jordan, 4th grade| February 2021 … After the pandemic I would like to go to Dave & Buster’s.  I am craving Dave & Buster’s French fries and chicken strips!  We used to play the race car games as we waited for our food.  I remember trying to get as many tickets as possible to redeem […]

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Teachers embrace technology but miss in-person learning

| By Nashiya, 8th grade | April 2021 … Mr. Christopher Leonard, a DePaul religion and social studies teacher, said he has gotten much better using technology during the pandemic. However, he said, he still prefers to sit in a classroom and listen to his students. For him, breakout rooms don’t compare to in-person conversations. […]

A yummy smoothie that’s fun to make

| By John, 2nd grade | April 2021 … I recently made a delicious smoothie using my favorite food — a banana — and other ingredients that my family had in our refrigerator and freezer. I’d like to teach you how to make it, too.  My smoothie had almond milk, spinach, frozen mango, blueberries and a banana. […]

Why I decided to become a yoga teacher at age 12

| By Mishi, age 12 | March 2021 … I first started practicing yoga with my mom once she became a certified yoga teacher in March 2020. We called it Quarantine Yoga, a 30-day challenge for my 7-year-old brother and me. I got really into it, and it was fun!  Two weeks in, Mom pitched […]

One year in, looking at what the pandemic has changed

| By Maribel, 8th grade |  March 2021 … This pandemic has changed and affected our lives differently. Some may have found new hobbies, like learning to cook. For others, their whole mindset has changed.   It has definitely taken a toll on me, as a student and in my personal life. One day during the pandemic […]

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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.

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