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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.

  • Mask Myths

    Mask Myths

    Students will determine whether six myths about face coverings or masks are true or false, based on evidence.

  • Reducing Disease Threats through Vaccination

    Reducing Disease Threats through VaccinationLesson

    Students learn how vaccination can protect populations against disease by working through three simulations of the spread of an imaginary infectious disease, called “yuckyitis.” They relate this knowledge to the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

  • What Are Vaccines?

    What Are Vaccines?

    Students learn how vaccines work and how they are made by viewing two short videos and answering questions that promote critical thinking related to vaccines and the immune system.

  • 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
  • Spacing Out

    Spacing OutLesson

    Students are challenged to design an art room that will afford the social distancing required during the pandemic. Working through the challenge will raise awareness about the complexity of arranging the physical environment to reduce disease transmission in a traditional classroom.

  • 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.

  • Vaccines and Health

    Vaccines and Health

    Students learn about the impact of vaccines on human health by exploring one of the 16 diseases for which they have (or should have) received a vaccine.

  • 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
  • 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.


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.