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Lesson Overview
  • 120 Minutes
  • 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
  • 6th - 8th Grade
  • State Standards:
    NGSS: MS-LS3-1 CCSS: 6.L.3., 6.L.4, 7.L.3, 7.L.4, 8.L.3, 8.L.4 Health: HE.1.6.1, HE.1.6.4, HE.6.6.2, HE.7.6.2, HE.8.6.2, HE.1.7.1, HE.1.7.4, HE.6.7.2, HE.7.7.2, HE.8.7.2, HE.1.8.1, HE.1.8.4, HE.6.8.2, HE.7.8.2, HE.8.8.2

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Materials List
  • Computer
  • Tracking Pathogens and Preventing Outbreak Worksheet

Foodborne Illness Outbreak Prevention & Detection

Categories: Easy Do-at-Home Activity , Worksheets , Food Science , Spanish , Agriculture , Science

Students will explore a foodborne illness outbreak in the role of an Foodborne Illness Investigator (FBII). Using a game simulation, students will determine the type of foodborne illness through the riboprinting of patients and potential contamination sources. Students will then develop their own investigation, identifying a food of their interest and create a safety protocol to prevent potential contaminants.

Find our Google Slides Student Worksheets for elearning purposes here.

1. Distribute the Tracking Pathogens and Preventing Outbreaks Worksheet to students.
2. Explain that today they will be assuming the role of a Foodborne Illness Investigators to determine a potential foodborne Illness outbreak. Using knowledge they obtain through Cornell University’s Pathogen Tracker Game, they will identify the foodborne illness, gather patient information, determine if it should be classified as an outbreak and trace the illness back to the original contamination site.
3. Students should fill out the worksheets as they work through the game.
If students are unable to finish the game in one sitting, there are two checkpoints.One after finishing part I or after they finish part II.
4. After students have completed all three levels of the pathogen tracking games, they should proceed to Part IV of their worksheet.
5. Students will choose a food of their choice, identify each major ingredient and develop a food safety guide for it using the 4 C’s: Cook, Clean, Chill and Cross Contaminate. They should format these into a flyer that could be hung at a place of employment, at home or shared with the community.

Review Key Concepts:
-What is ribroprinting? Why is it important in determining outbreaks?
-What agencies work to investigate foodborne illness in Oregon?
-How do the concepts anlyzed through this simulation relate to you and your family’s meals?
-What can you do to prevent foodborne illnesses?