With the COVID-19 pandemic up-ending any sense of normal in the K-12 classroom in March 2020, we saw an opportunity to create a truly interdisciplinary learning experience that weaves together social-emotional learning, science, and language arts to leverage the pandemic as a ‘teachable moment’ for students to reflect on system connectedness.
The result is an interactive storytelling project called Pandemic Pathways targeted at students in grades 3-12. Using the provided resources, students will…
Gain an understanding of the COVID-19 virus and its impacts through games and news stories
Map cause-and-effect relationships and feedback loops in Loopy, an easy and fun online system modeling tool
Discuss and reflect on the impact of the pandemic on daily decisions and repurcussions on our lives and the lives of others
Craft a story about a character that is working to stay safe and enjoy life during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring student understanding of COVID-19 and complex systems to life
We hope you find the Pandemic Pathways resources to be useful in supporting a fun and interdisciplinary experience for your students. If you use the resources and would like to provide feedback, we would love to hear from you!