Free Resources for the 2020-2021 School Year {Talking about COVID-19}

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Haley O'Connor
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Haley O'Connor


As I was working on my Back to School Survival Kit, I realized that teachers need additional resources this year. As we navigate such a challenging time, it's so important we give our students the tools they need to discuss and understand the current situation.

I've included many tools that you can use this year, and am open to adding more as you need them. Please let me know. Here's a brief rundown of what's included.

Writing Pages (each page comes with several different writing options)

  • I Can Stay Safe
  • Mask Wearing
  • Social Distancing
  • Handwashing
  • My Feelings

Reference Posters (each poster comes in several versions)

  • It's Okay to Feel (scared, angry, confused, worried, frustrated, sad)
  • In Our Class (I've included individual posters as well as one poster that includes them all. You'll also find a clipart and real photos version).
    • we wear masks
    • we keep our distance
    • we wash our hands well and often
    • we don't share supplies
    • we help keep other's safe
    • we remember this won't last forever

  • Mask Check (place this somewhere in your classroom and throughout the day pull it out to make sure everyone is wearing their mask correctly.)

Sort for Discussion- I've included 54 different cards for students to sort between "Right Now," "Later," and "Now and Forever. The purpose of this activity is to help students understand that these challenging demands won't last forever. You'll talk about how right now we wear masks, but one day we can see our friends' smiles again. Now and forever we will learn new and exciting things, we will help each other, and we will have fun together. Because there are so many cards, I encourage you to pull 10-12 and do this several times during class meetings. You could also let students create their own.

Teacher Pages- I've included several pages with teacher language for challenging situations so that you feel confident. You'll find respectful and empathetic responses to use, as well as answers to certain situations.

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