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Why do we all have to stay home? Secondary Version Collection


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With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the news every day – and becoming increasingly sensationalized – your students are likely to have questions and concerns about their own health and safety and that of their family and local community. What better place to ask those questions and investigate how the coronavirus works (i.e., how the it makes us sick, how it is spread, how we can protect ourselves) than the science classroom? Review this NSTA collection to find a new secondary science lesson and additional resources for translating the coronavirus (COVID-19) from a news story to a phenomenon-driven, three-dimensional lesson opportunity.

Postsecondary High School Informal Education Middle School Life Science

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Resources in “Why do we all have to stay home? Secondary Version” Collection

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Why do outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially...(Washington Post) Web Page
6 The Virus Debate Book Chapter
7 Outbreak! Cells, Pathogens, and Disease Journal Article
8 The Green Room: The Deadliest Infectious Diseases Journal Article
10 Why Don't Antibiotics Work Like They Used To?

The "Why Don't Antibiotics Work Like They Used To?" high school storyline can also be accessed on the Next Generation Science Storylines website (

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