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!