The following is a lesson plan to teach children in grades K-8 about foodborne illness, particularly E. coli O157:H7. Several activities are included – you may choose or adapt those that are appropriate for age group and education level. This educational tool includes the following:
1. Ideas for introduction of subject.
2. Information needed to lecture about and explain E. coli O157:H7 and other pathogens.
3. Activities for children to develop a better understanding of the subject.
4. Additional resources.
We hope that this will be a valuable tool for educating children and decreasing their risk of becoming infected with E. coli O157:H7 and other human-animal pathogens. A special “thank you” is extended to the Midwest Dairy Council for providing funds to support this educational effort.
SDSU Cooperative Extension Service
Extension Service, Cooperative, "The Truth about the Unseen Bugs around the Farm, at the Fair, and in Your Food!" (2008). SDSU Extension Special Series. 23.