In this time of upheaval, it's important to understand as best we can what is happening. Our Center wants to support you and your students by offering resources that focus on real data, in real time to help make some sense of what's happening.
Ready-to-Use Vaccine Lesson Materials
We've developed four lessons on vaccines for ASE-level students. Each vaccine lesson includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint slides, and a student packet. Learn more and get the Dropbox link here.
The New York Times has also posted a free lesson called What Does 95% Effective Mean: Teaching the Math of Vaccine Efficacy that may be of interest.
Ready-to-Use Pandemic Lesson Materials
We've developed two sets of math materials on pandemics, one for ABE-level students and the other for ASE-level students. The links below will take you to Dropbox folders where you can download the lessons, teacher materials, and other supporting files.
PD for Pandemic and Vaccine Lesson Materials
For support using the lessons above, we are offering two online workshops throughout the 2020-2021 school year: How Pandemics Spread: Teaching the Math at Different Levels and Teaching about Vaccines. See the SABES Calendar for upcoming sections. In both workshops, attendees will sample some of the math activities from the materials.
Here are some other resources about pandemics and data sources that monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in real time:
- This simulator from the Washington Post simulates how a pandemic works, a great opportunity to get the sense for what exponential growth feels like: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/
- Want daily updates on what's happening in MA? Try this site: https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2020/03/09/coronavirus-cases-massachusetts-map
- If you want to explore how the U.S. is faring compared to other countries, or how each state compares to one another, check out this daily updated set of graphs: http://www.91-divoc.com/pages/covid-visualization/
- The New York Times also provides daily updates to keep you informed: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html
- This resource offers reporting on demographics not often found on other sites. Search to find out what's happening in your state/county: https://covid19.topos.com/
And, of course, the Center for Disease Control is also offering up-to-date data on the pandemic: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/index.html