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We have heard that many of your students are worried about the new coronavirus. We’ve created this collection to help you ease their fears and empower them with age-appropriate information. These teaching resources were carefully prepared by grade-level to help your students understand what is being done to keep them safe and how to prevent germs from spreading.

—the editors of Scholastic Classroom Magazines

Grades PreK-3

Use these resources to teach young learners about what germs are and how to prevent them from spreading.

Talking About the Coronavirus With Young Children

How should you discuss the new coronavirus with your students? Child psychologist Laura Saunders, Psy.D., ABPP, explains what to say and how to address children’s anxieties.

 

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Achoo!

Germs are so tiny we can’t see them. But we might spread them when we cough, sneeze, and touch things. Here are four ways kids can help keep each other and themselves healthy.

(from Let's Find Out magazine)

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No More Germs!
Learn how germs are spread and what we can do to stop them.
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No More Germs! (Spanish)
Learn how germs are spread and what we can do to stop them.
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What Can Fight These Germs?

Germs are everywhere—on door handles, dollar bills, phones, and toys. What can fight these germs? Find out how soap and water really work! Plus, get great tips for washing those germs down the drain!

(from Science Spin, Edition 2)

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Stop the Germs!

Show young children how to cover their sneezes and more. Project this poster for a clear, visual lesson on healthy habits that stop germs.

(from My Big World magazine)

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Grades 4-5

Use these resources to answer questions your students may have about the coronavirus and what's being done to help keep them safe.

Talking About the Coronavirus With Students

How should you discuss the new coronavirus with your students? Child psychologist Laura Saunders, Psy.D., ABPP, explains what to say and how to address children’s anxieties.

 

Read the Interview

5 Big Questions About Coronavirus

Here’s what you need to know about the new illness—and how to stay healthy.

(from Scholastic News, Edition 5/6)

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Your Immune System
Watch a video about how your body fights off diseases.
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Coping With the Coronavirus in China
Read updates from a Scholastic Kid Reporter in Shanghai.
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Infographic: Hands Are Gross!

Use our infographic to help students create their own PSAs about the importance of handwashing.

(from Scope magazine)

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Grades 6-12

Use these resources to inform students about the coronavirus and how people are working to stop its spread.

Talking About the Coronavirus With Students

How should you discuss the new coronavirus with your students? Child psychologist Laura Saunders, Psy.D., ABPP, explains what to say and how to address children’s anxieties.

 

Read the Interview

Sneeze Scientist

In this article, mathematical physicist Lydia Bourouiba examines how mucus droplets in sneezes help spread disease.

(from Science World magazine)

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Your Immune System
Watch a video about how your immune system works.
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Studying Sneezes
NGSS: Obtaining and Communicating Information
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Are We Prepared for the Next Pandemic?

This article compares today's pandemic with pandemics of the past, when the world wasn't so interconnected.

(from Upfront magazine)

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Infographic: Hands Are Gross!

Use our infographic to help students create their own PSAs about the importance of handwashing.

(from Scope magazine)

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