• female and male fighting bacteria with sword and shield Content Area: Health, Science, Fine Arts

    TEKS: 4th Grade*

    *Grade Level: This lesson can be adapted to any grade level. Where possible, original documents are provided to allow for adjusting to different levels of ability.


    Objective 1: Students will describe at least three differences between Covid-19 and the flu.

    Objective 2: Students will describe at least three ways to keep themselves and others safe during a pandemic.
    Objective 3: Students will learn meanings and signs for new words, the spelling of those words, and use their newly-acquired vocabulary as appropriate.
    Objective 4:  Students will complete a safety poster fulfilling requirements to a minimum level of 3 out of 4 on the rubric.

    Materials needed: One copy of "A Kids Book About Covid-19" for each student (printed or on device) 


    Activating Prior Knowledge    |    Vocabulary   |    A Kids Book About COVID19   |    Gratitude Journal   |    More Activities    |    C.A.R.P.   |    Extension Activities

    Activating Prior Knowledge:

    Ask students: What do you know about Coronavirus? 
    Students can work in small groups to make a list or work individually. 
    Have students compare and combine lists to make a full list for the class.

    Digital alternative: Create a Padlet page and have students post their answers and compare their answers with what other students have written.

    The Difference Between Coronavirus and Covid-19

    After watching the video, have students refer back to their lists and made additions or adjustments as needed.  Leave the list visible so students can continue to add to the list throughout the lesson.
    Drag and Drop Activity
    Have students complete the Coronavirus and Covid-19 drag and drop activity below.
    ​Alternatively, you can print the activity and have them complete as a worksheet.

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    View the activity. Note, you will not be able to click and drag without copying the file to your own Google Drive.

    Copy the activity into your own Google Drive.

    To print as a worksheet, download the pdf below:
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    Vocabulary Activity 1:  Vocabulary Videos

    Students watch the videos and make a list of signs they didn't know before watching.

    Using Flipgrid, students create a video to teach other students at least three of the vocabulary words they learned. (You may want to assign the words, so there is no repetition.)

    Vocabulary Activity 2: Quizlet

    Have students go to Quizlet.com to practice vocabulary words from the book. Teachers who have an account can copy the quiz to their classroom set. To sign up for a free account, visit the Quizlet website.

    Vocabulary Activity 3: Worksheets

    Download and distribute worksheets to students:


    A Kids Book About Covid-19

    Picture of the book cover
    A Kids Book About is a publishing company created by author Jelani Memory. The mission of A Kids Book About is to make kids books that matter about the "challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day." The company has offered A Kids Book About Covid-19 by Malia Jones as a free download from their website. The book is available in English and Spanish, and a printable (and colorable) version is available as well.​ Download a copy of A Kids Book About Covid-19 to each student device or print a copy for each student. 

    Meet Your Storyteller

    Meet your storyteller: Avonne Brooker-Rutowski.

    A Kids Book About Covid-19

    Make sure you have provided each student either a digital or printed copy of 
    A Kids Book About Covid-19 so they can follow along with the video.

    Individual or Group Activity: Open Book Quiz

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    Copy the quiz into your own Google Drive.  Note: you will be able to modify after copying.

    To print as a worksheet, download the pdf below. To modify and print, download the Word document below.



    Individual Activity: Book Review

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    Copy the activity into your own Google Drive.

    Publishing opportunity: Once students have completed the activity, have them go to Scholastic.com "Share What You're Reading" to submit their review.

    To print as a worksheet, download the pdf below or Word document below.

    Gratitude Journal

    My Gratitude Journal
    According to practitioners at the Mayo Clinic Health System, practicing mindful thankfulness is one way to boost spirits, feel happier, and enhance overall health. They also suggest that in addition to daily journaling, individuals complete at least one act of kindness each day.

    Whether at home or in the classroom, adults can help students cope with stress by keeping them focussed on being thankful. The templates below can help you get your students started.  Try reserving a specific time each day and setting a goal of 30 days to get your students in the habit. Some teachers practice "Mindful Monday" and have students journal at the beginning of each week.

    If your students need help getting started, CreativeChild.com offers a month of prompts and random acts of kindness.


     Gratitude Journal Cover  

     Inside Page

    Gratitude Journal half page with coloring block  

    Inside Page  w/Act of Kindness

    Gratitude half page with coloring block and space for random act of kindness  

    Inside Page 2

    Gratitude journal full page of lines

    Inside Page 2

    w/ Act of Kindness

    gratitude journal full page of lines with space for random act of kindness


    Gratitude Journal 

    My Gratitude Journal cover  


    Inside Page Coloring

    Block w/Lines

     Gratitude Journal Page K-2

    Inside Page Coloring Block 

    w/Lines and Random Act of Kindness

    Gratitude Journal with space for random act of kindness with coloring block


     Classroom or Home Activity: Hand Hygiene Experiment

    Photo by Jaralee Annice Metcalf. Used with permission.
    Demonstrate the importance of handwashing with the Hand Hygiene Experiment. 
    Note: The length of time will depend on the number of preservatives in the bread.  The fewer preservatives, the faster the results.

    What you’ll need:
    • Five slices of bread (the kind from a bakery or homemade works best — the fewer preservatives, the better)
    • Five resealable bags
    • Something to label bags: Permanent marker, sticky notes, etc.
    • Tongs (or a way to get bread from the bag without touching it)

    1. Label each of the bags:
    • Control
    • Dirty Hands
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Soap and Water
    • Computer Keyboard or mobile device
    2. Use tongs to place one slice of bread in the “control” bag without touching it.  Seal and label the bag.3. Have students go around the room or house touching doorknobs, handles, etc. Use tongs to remove a second slice of bread and have students handle the bread. Place bread in a bag. Seal and label the bag.
    4. Have students use sanitizer, then use tongs to remove another slice of bread and have students handle it. Place bread in a bag. Seal and label the bag.
    5. Have students wash hands for 20 seconds using soap and water. Use tongs to take another slice of bread from the bag and have students handle the bread. Place the bread in the bag and seal it.
    6. Use tongs to remove another slice of bread and rub the bread across a computer keyboard or mobile device. Place bread in a bag. Seal and label the bag.
    7. Place all the bags in a cool, dry place.
    8. Have students check the bags daily and write down their observations (do not remove the bread from the bags). In a few days, mold should start to appear.
    9. Have students use the observation sheet to record their observations.


    • Which slice of bread gets moldy first.
    • Which grows the most mold.
    • Which produces the least.
    • Measurement of mold each day.
    • Students can also keep a photo diary by taking pictures of the bread each day to observe the changes over time.

    Culminating Activity: Inform the Public!

    Students create a poster* to inform their school, club, or community about how to protect against Covid-19. 
    *You could adapt this idea to a video, a brochure, or any other form of media.  You could also expand the unit to include creating a public service announcement (PSA).  This tip sheet will help explain what a PSA is and how to make one. 
    Individual and/or Small Group Activity: Poster Brainstorming
    1. Students brainstorm on their own or with a partner or small group. The goal of the brainstorm is to decide on a subject for their poster and how they will design it--the words they will use, images/pictures they can use, etc.
    2. Next, students will create a rough draft of their posters using a pencil and a blank sheet of paper.

    Video and Discussion: How to Create a Poster

    1. After watching the video, discuss with students what they liked about the finished poster and what they learned that they could use with their own.
    2. Next, students will update their rough draft of their posters using what they learned from the video.

    Design Using C.A.R.P.

    Students as young as kindergarten can learn the basic elements of design using C.A.R.P. (Contrast, Alignment, Repetition, and Proximity)

    Read this post by Jocelyn Sutherland to see how she worked with teachers and students to teach design concepts to elementary students. Depending on the level of your students, you could

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    Basics of C.A.R.P.

    After introducing students to the concept of designing using C.A.R.P., have them practice on blank sheets of paper with just a few different colors and drawing only circles and squares. Student examples are below.
    Picture of Contrast
    Picture of Alignment
    Picture of Repetition
    Picture of Proximity

    Final Project

    1. Choose one of the rubrics below to use with your students.
    2. Present the rubric and go through each of the expectations.
    3. Have students update their rough draft one more time.
    4. Next, have students work in groups to critique the rough drafts and support each other's learning of the design concepts.  
    5. Give time for students to complete their finished posters either at school or at home.


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    Extension Activities

    Grades 6-12: Access this lesson from Lifeliqe that explains the difference between Covid-19 and the flu. Links to 3-D models, questions, and learning activity.  
    Grades K-2: Download and distribute the COVID-19 Activity Bookwww.hopkinsmedicine.org/johns-hopkins-childrens-center/patients-and-families/_documents/covid-19-resources-for-families/covid-19-activity-book.pdf by John Hopkin's Children's Center.
    Check out Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's page of grade-specific activities on stopping infectious diseases.