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What Merck’s CEO said was the hardest part of doing business during the pandemic

By Nashiya, Joshua, and Desmond, 8th grade | August 2021 … Kenneth Frazier grew up in North Philadelphia and was raised by his father. His mother died when he was 9 years old.  His father told him that it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. It matters what you think of yourself.  His father […]

Seeking to understand vaccine hesitancy

By Adanya, Rahman, and Enirah | August 2021 … Vaccines against COVID-19 are now widely available to people age 12 and older. As part of our internship in the Public Health Pipeline Plus (PHPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, we have been exploring the COVID-19 vaccine and the various opinions people hold about the […]

Listening to the rhythm of their feelings

July 2021 … By Ms. Piskai’s first grade reporters |Ms. Piskai’s first graders recently tried a music activity to reduce stress and see how their feelings changed before and after the activity.    The reporters started by thinking about how they felt. Some people said they were happy and excited; others said they felt sad or frustrated.   Next, they listened to […]

An entertaining education in germs

July 2021 … James Logan Healthy Eagle staff recently read Germs: Fact and Fiction, Friends and Foes, written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James Ransome. It’s a book all about germs.  We learned that long ago, people didn’t know that germs existed and could make you sick. Ms. Cline-Ransome wrote that some people thought […]

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What makes a friend

By Ava, 4th grade | August 2021 … A good friend is someone who is always there for you, in good times and bad times.   A friend is someone who is always going to stand up for you when someone is bullying you. Also, a friend is someone who can look up to you when they’re going through […]

Gaining digital skills

By Kayla, 10th grade | August 2021 … I used to be camera-shy and afraid to speak through an electrical device. Being in Healthy NewsWorks allowed me to step out of my shell and my comfort zone. I got to do several interviews and meetings. This was great, because I got to do those things […]

High hopes for the fall

By Mishi, 7th grade | August 2021 … I’m really excited for this next school year. I was virtual for 7th grade, so I never got to go to middle school. I really hope everyone is vaccinated, because if COVID cases spike then we might go virtual again. I also hope we won’t have to […]

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 […]



Lessons, websites, and activities for kids, parents, and teachers

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.