Resources to support Delaware’s children, teachers, families and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
Updated April 28, 2020
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has sparked much conversation throughout the world and has created opportunities for schools, teachers and families to respond in meaningful ways. Understanding the science behind how the coronavirus originated, spreads and ways to protect yourself are critical to helping schools, teachers and families talk with children about the facts behind coronavirus.
A group of UD faculty members have compiled and vetted this list of external resources for teachers, schools and families to help facilitate these conversations to ensure the science is not lost in translation.
The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the University of Delaware of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein.
- University of Delaware: Handwashing Activity for Families to do at Home
- CDC: Handwashing Resources
A wealth of resources in English and Spanish – stickers, posters, facts, videos, podcasts. Follow the video link for informational videos that detail proper handwashing technique. 30 second succinct video entitled “Wash Your Hands” is bottom right-hand corner and appropriate for young children through all ages.
- CDC: Life Is Better With Clean Hands Campaign
Downloadable posters in English and Spanish illustrating proper handwashing techniques that can be hung by sinks and shared with families.
- Fantastic Fun and Learning: Why Use Soap? Try this Demo at Home and Make Germs Scatter
- Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project: Social-Emotional Resources for Supporting Positive Behavior & Learning at Home
- Education Week: My 5 Basic Rules for Talking to Young Students
- Kids Health from Nemours: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- New York Times: 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus
- Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood: DIEEC COVID-19 Resources
- NPR: Coronavirus Information Comic (Ages young children to adult)
A useful resource for all ages developed with information from experts from the University of Illinois School of Social Work, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: How Germs Spread | Explaining the Science for Kids Video (2:04 min)
- BrainPop: Coronavirus Video (4:11 min)
Background on the shape of the coronavirus, how it’s contracted, and symptoms that can occur. Resources for following what is happening around the world regarding the virus.
- Alesund, M., & Alesund, A. (2018). Bacteria and antibiotics. Middletown, DE: Baby Medical School. (Kindergarten – Grade 5).
- Bielawski, R. (2014). Meet Bacteria! Middletown, DE. (Preschool – Grade 2).
- Davies, N. (2016). Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes. Candlewick. (Kindergarten – Grade 5).
- Gallagher, A. (2017). Microbes. Las Vegas, NV: Thunderstone Books. (Grades 3 – 8).
- Professor, B. (2017). Virus vs. Bacteria : Knowing the Difference – Biology 6th Grade | Children’s Biology Books. Newark, DE: Speedy Publishing LLC. (Grades 4-8)
- DE.gov: COVID-19 resources for the general public, schools and businesses in Delaware
- University of Delaware: COVID-19 Response and Resources
- Office of Head Start: Coronavirus Prevention and Response
- CDC: Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
- CDC: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC on YouTube: How does COVID-19 spread? – Video (51 seconds)
- National Institute of Health: Coronavirus Information
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters