Sharing and talking through 5 graphs related to the corona virus with kids

As I was trying to decide on a math project for the boys this morning I saw Steven Strogatz tweet out a fascinating set of graphs:

Clicking on the link gave me the idea to look (and re-look) at some of the corona virus models and graphs. It is always fascinating to see what kids take away from graphs / models and I think it is important for kids to learn how to think about and interpreted graphs like these.

So, we started today’s project by looking at the graphs from

Next we revisited some of the maps and models that we’d looked at roughly 6 weeks ago just as the lock downs were starting. Here’s that old project:

The first thing we looked at was the CDC’s flu map ->

Part of the idea here is to show kids that the corona virus really doesn’t show up when you are looking for the flu:

Next we looked at the Kinsa Health Weather map – this is a map made from internet connected thermometers. It was also designed with measuring the flu in mind. Here’s a link to that map ->

Now we looked at a map that tracks movement using cell phone data. That map is here:

From this map we see that movement in the US is starting to move up. Roughly speaking it had been down about 50% and is now down closer to 25% from normal in the states we looked at:

Finally, we looked at the IHME model and projections. That model is here: