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Beware of hidden sodium in your diet

| By Cameron, 6th grade | June 2021…You may have heard of sodium. It is a mineral that occurs naturally in food. Many people think sodium and salt are the same thing, but they are not. According to the Food and Drug Administration, table salt is a crystal-like substance that is abundant in nature and […]

With Zentangle, students doodle their way to calm

April 2021 … Zentangle is a type of art where you draw random patterns on a piece of paper. Working on a Zentangle can help you calm down.   All you need to Zentangle is paper; a pencil; coloring materials, if you want; and creativity.   You start by drawing a dot in each corner of your paper and then connecting those […]

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. […]

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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 […]

Going back to school

| By Nashiya, 8th grade | Switching between online and in person is probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced so far this year, but it’s also been one of the best changes. Before we went in person, I was really nervous. I didn’t think I would enjoy it that much there, but on […]

So excited to be back

| By Teagan, 4th grade | April 2021 … Being back in the classroom is very exciting! We have not been in the classroom in over a year, so I was very happy that I got to go back to school.  It was fun being able to see people in person who I have only been […]

Many changes at school

| By Jose, 4th grade | April 2021 … When I went back to school, I felt a lot of different things. We could not go on the equipment at recess, and we had to wear a mask at lunch. When you get your food, it’s in a bag. You have a number on your lanyard […]



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.