COVID-19 represents a socioscientific issue with many different facets and societal impacts for middle school in the 2020-2021 academic year . Socioscientific issues are socially significant, real-world issues that are culturally important and grounded in science . Using a socioscientific issues approach to engage middle school students in ill-structured problems in science and health issues affords teachers a motivational and scientific literacy teachable moment . Teachers face challenges when employing an SSI approach due to lack of time, lesson availability, and professional development . This brief paper and pre-recorded presentation describe problem-based learning modules related to COVID-19, such as vaccines, ventilators, and distribution of supplies that will be ready for middle school teachers at the beginning of the next school year . Lesson plans and related instructional tools will be available online at no charge . Research of the modules will use a qualitative approach to gather data from participating teachers.
Index: COVID-19, NIH, PBL, SEPA, SSI, coronavirus, curriculum, middle school, problem-based learning, professional development, scaffolding, societal impact, socioscientific issues, teachers, vaccines, ventilators