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A Science-based Curriculum for the COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID Healthy Actions, Community Knowledge and Science (HACKS) curriculum resources address critical science and health concepts and skills related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessons are available for different grade bands: K–2, 3–5, 6–8 and 9–12.

COVID HACKS teaching resources engage students in key science and engineering practices, such as asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing or interpreting data and communicating scientific information. Search the list below for topics relevant to your students.

  • It Starts @Home

    It Starts @HomeLesson

    Students will learn about common symptoms of COVID-19, as listed in health communications, and discuss similarities and differences of COVID-19 with other illnesses, such as colds or flu (influenza).

    Grades: K-2
  • Clean Hands Knock Out Germs!

    Clean Hands Knock Out Germs!Lesson

    Washing hands correctly kills germs that cause disease. This lesson explains why washing hands is important and how to clean hands correctly.

    Grades: K-2
  • Transmission by Droplets

    Transmission by DropletsLesson

    Student teams will use water in a spray bottle to observe 1) the importance of physical distancing by at least six feet and 2) why masks are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Masking Up!

    Masking Up!Lesson

    Students discuss the importance of wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic and learn best practices for wearing and removing a face covering.

    Grades: K-2
  • The More the Merrier?

    The More the Merrier?Lesson

    Students use powdered drink mix in plastic cups to simulate disease transmission in different size crowds.

  • Pandemics Through History

    Pandemics Through HistoryLesson

    Students are challenged to make a timeline of historical pandemics to demonstrate that the current COVID-19 pandemic is not a one-of-a kind event. Students will reflect upon the ways in which pandemics have shaped the development of scientific and public health knowledge, and the treatments that have resulted.

  • Pandemic Puzzle

    Pandemic PuzzleLesson

    This word search puzzle focuses on terminology and vocabulary associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be used as a stand-alone activity or to extend any other curriculum lessons.

  • Rewind, Reflect, Fast-Forward

    Rewind, Reflect, Fast-ForwardLesson

    Students will compile key events in the COVID-19 pandemic timeline, learn where to find accurate national and state COVID-19 statistics, and reflect on how the pandemic has affected their lives.

  • Modeling the Virus that Causes COVID-19

    Modeling the Virus that Causes COVID-19

    A particle (virion) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is approximately 100 nanometers across. How big is that? In this activity, students learn about the shape and relative size of the virus by constructing a paper model of a single virus particle.

  • What are Infectious Diseases?

    What are Infectious Diseases?Lesson

    Students will conduct research using online text resources and media related to infectious and non-infectious diseases and compare the prevalence of different diseases across countries with different income levels.


The COVID HACKS curriculum project is made possible thanks to the support from Laura & John Arnold and Baylor College of Medicine. Scientists, educators and physicians from Baylor College of Medicine provided content, feedback and technical reviews.