COVID-19-Coronavirus-Pandemics–Math Resources

  • Featured Math Resources:
    Teaching and Using Mathematics to Understand our World

    COVID-19, Coronavirus, and Pandemics


    A developing set of resources for teachers and the community to teach through the mathematics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and learn math. Discussion also in the MyNCTM community.

    Using Math to Make Sense of Our World: Pandemics, Viruses, and Our Actions – Webinar

    Video and resources from Day #2 of the 100 days of Professional Learning by Beth Kobett @bkobett, Jeff Shih @drjeffshih, Sarah Bush @sarahbbush, Dan Teague, and David Barnes @DavidBarnes360

    Pandemic Overview Session Video Session

    Introductory Slides

    Additional Online Resources

    The following resources are available to support teachers and families as they work with children to help them understand the influence of the pandemic in meaningful ways.

    • Epidemics, exponential functions, and modeling- Grades 5-12
      Article from September 2015 issues of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. The phenomenon of a plague intrigues students and provides a visual model that demonstrates growth.
    • #KnowTheMath: Impact of Social Distancing- General
      Robert Berry’s President Message and questions for use with family, students, or colleagues as you consider the impact of social distancing
    • Pandemic: How are Viruses Spread- Grade Bands: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
      The spread of a virus is influenced by various factors. Manipulate variables within a simulation to create different outcomes.
    • State Data Map- Grade Bands: 3-5,6-8
      Information can be represented in many ways on the State Data Map, and this applet allows the user to represent data about the states using colors. The state with the highest data value is darkest; other states are shaded proportionally. Investigate any of the data provided—or enter data of your own!
    • Drug filtering- Grade Band: 9-12
      This hands-on activity demonstrates how a medication filters through your blood by graphing data sets to see exponential decay.
    • One Grain of Rice- Grade Bands: 3-5, 6-8
      Using literature, students will examine ways to solve a real-world global problem with connection to algebraic equations.