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What is Social Distancing?

An At-Home STEM Lesson Plan Crafted by BGCHarlem STEM Specialist Chaelee Dalton

Photo: LAist


This week, we build upon previous lessons regarding healthy habits and preventing a coronavirus. We are starting a new topic: social distancing.

In this lesson, we define social distancing and learn about why social distancing is important during a pandemic. Next week’s lesson will be focused on measuring a safe distance: six feet.

If your child cannot read, read the text out loud to them. Ask them the questions and have them respond and/ or solve on a separate sheet of paper. If your child can read, simply give them the second page of this handout and have them read the text out loud or in their head. Materials: Blank paper, pen or pencil, internet access/YouTube

Addresses Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1

Addresses NGSS Standards:





(You may click here to print the lesson or the student may view the lesson online and write his/her answers on a separate piece of paper)


What is Social Distancing?

Photo: New York Times

Look at this image. What do you observe? What do you think the white and blue cloud is?

On a separate piece of paper, write down your hypothesis:

I think the white and blue cloud is ___________________________.

The image above is a screenshot from a simulation of a cough by the person in the center.

Sicknesses, like the flu or a coronavirus, are usually spread by particles, or very small droplets, in the air.

If someone is sick, they can share their germs by coughing, sneezing, or breathing near someone healthy. If the healthy person breathes in these droplets, they have a higher chance of getting sick.

Doctors and other health care workers recommend that people social distance to prevent sickness from spreading.

Social distancing means staying a safe distance away from other people to prevent the spread of illnesses like a coronavirus. Doctors recommend that we stand 6 feet away from people who we do not live with to protect our and their health.

This is because when we breathe, we breathe out air up to 6 feet away from us. If we are closer than six feet from a person, then they can breathe in the air we breathe out.

Now, watch this video to learn more.

On a separate piece of paper, write down why social distancing is important.

Social distancing is important because _________________________________________.

If you “social distance” from other people, why is handwashing important?

I think handwashing is important even if you social distance yourself from other people because __________________________________________________________________.

Why do you think it is okay to not social distance from the people you live with?

I think it is okay to not social distance from the people I live with because


We will confirm or deny these hypotheses in the next lesson!


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View our additional 'Resources For Students & Parents for Dealing with COVID-19' HERE

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