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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 3-5 6-8
  • 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 3-5 6-8
  • Which Fabrics Make the Most Effective Covid-19 Face Covering?

    Which Fabrics Make the Most Effective Covid-19 Face Covering?Lesson

    Not all fabrics make equally protective face coverings or masks. The selection of material should not be left to chance. In this activity, students construct a mask tester to evaluate the filtering effectiveness of different fabrics.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • 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.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • 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.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Eradicating COVID-19—Not Likely

    Eradicating COVID-19—Not LikelyLesson

    Students read an essay about the history of smallpox, the first case of human vaccination, and the eradication of smallpox as a naturally occurring viral disease in humans.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Reducing Disease Threats through Vaccination

    Reducing Disease Threats through VaccinationLesson

    Student learn how vaccination can protect populations against disease by working through three simulations of the spread of an imaginary infectious disease, called “yuckyitis.”

    Grades: 3-5 6-8
  • Life is Different Now

    Life is Different NowLesson

    This school year is different in so many ways for everyone, whether students are learning at home “virtually,” or in a face-to-face classroom. In this activity, students will reflect on how life has changed for them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Grades: K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • 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.

    Grades: 3-5 6-8 9-12
  • Microbes and Disease

    Microbes and DiseaseLesson

    Students investigate a sample of microbes and the diseases associated with them, learn how diseases are transmitted and impact society, and create art projects representing the diseases they have studied.

    Grades: 6-8


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.